When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a sharp-witted suburban wife and her daughters juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas and family dynamics.

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Mike Binder

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Mike Binder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Allen ... Terry Ann Wolfmeyer
Kevin Costner ... Denny Davies
Erika Christensen ... Andy Wolfmeyer
Keri Russell ... Emily Wolfmeyer
Alicia Witt ... Hadley Wolfmeyer
Evan Rachel Wood ... Lavender 'Popeye' Wolfmeyer
Mike Binder ... Adam 'Shep' Goodman
Tom Harper ... David Junior
Dane Christensen ... Gorden Reiner
Danny Webb ... Grey Wolfmeyer
Magdalena Manville Magdalena Manville ... Darlene
Suzanne Bertish ... Gina
David Firth David Firth ... David Senior
Rod Woodruff Rod Woodruff ... Dean Reiner (as Roderick P. Woodruff)
Stephen Greif ... Emily's Doctor
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Storyline

A sharp-witted suburban wife, Terry Wolfmeyer, is left to raise her four headstrong daughters when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Things get even more hectic when she falls for her neighbor Denny, a once-great baseball star turned radio d.j. This leaves her daughters out on a limb. They are forced to juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas as well as their own. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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...is the person you can become. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual situations, brief comic violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Lauren Ambrose changed her mind about playing the role of the daughter whose obsession with dance and dieting almost kills her. Keri Russell soon took on the role. Russell had studied classical dance when she was younger. She said she just needed some catch-up classes. See more »

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Just before Hadley's wedding, when they are talking in the bedroom, she says she's showing and then you see her stomach. She's not obviously pregnant, although it does stick out a little. Then, after the wedding, they show her dancing with her new husband and her stomach is then poking way out, as if she grew 5 months' worth during the wedding. See more »

Quotes

Hadley Wolfmeyer: There's something you all should know.
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: You're pregnant and you're getting married.
Hadley Wolfmeyer: How did you know that? Who told you that?
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: I guessed? Really? I guessed that? I was right?
Terry Wolfmeyer: No, you've got to be kidding me.
Hadley Wolfmeyer: No, I'm... I'm not. I'm getting married.
Terry Wolfmeyer: This is how I find out? Through Popeye? A 15-year-old?
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: Don't be condescending...
Terry Wolfmeyer: Close it! You are a child. What do *you* know?
Andy Wolfmeyer: Oh, that old chestnut.
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References For Love of the Game (1999) See more »

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Spooky Music
Written by Alexandre Desplat
Performed by Alexandre Desplat
Courtesy of Upside of Anger Limited
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Paranoia Strikes Deep in the Heartland
7 May 2005 | by urnotdbSee all my reviews

Paranoia could be viewed as supreme egotism: why would everyone follow you? Why would they waste their time? Most things happen for reasons that have nothing to do with you. One thing I liked about this was it placed "normal" people in unusual, stressful situations and showed how they might react. Unfortunately, we often don't get a chance to work out our reactions in advance, as characters in a script. But it would be helpful not to strike back unless attacked. Maybe the point here was that anger can be useful, but ineffective if used indiscriminately. As dramatized in this family, there is a difference between "speaking your mind" and anger. Interesting plot twists, some implausible to some viewers. The ending summed up the message for me: why am I angry?


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Language:

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Release Date:

1 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Upside of Anger See more »

Filming Locations:

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$211,559, 13 March 2005

Gross USA:

$18,761,993

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,237,488
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2.35 : 1
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