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The Anniversary Party (2001)



Critic Consensus: This Party features a killer cast and many funny scenes, but the movie feels like nothing more than an excuse for the actors to emote.

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Taking place over the course of one night, The Anniversary Party is a serio-comic, sometimes scathing inspection of a group of friends. Joe and Sally Therrian have a party to celebrate several important junctures in their marriage: their sixth anniversary, their decision to start a family and their reconciliation after a yearlong separation. They have invited their closest friends, their past and current temptations, and (to avoid a lawsuit) their contentious neighbors. An unexpected gift sends the party spiraling out of control and unleashes an explosion of painful confessions. The celebration becomes a scorching dissection of a marriage on the brink.more
Rating: R (for language, drug use and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Cumming
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2002
Box Office: $3.0M
Fine Line Features - Official Site


Alan Cumming
as Joe Therrian
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Skye Davidson
Kevin Kline
as Cal Gold
Phoebe Cates
as Sophia Gold
Jane Adams (II)
as Clair Forsyth
John C. Reilly
as Mac Forsyth
Parker Posey
as Judy Adams
Denis O'Hare
as Ryan Rose
Mina Badie
as Monica Rose
Jennifer Beals
as Gina Taylor
Matt Malloy
as Sanford Jewison
Michael Panes
as Levi Panes
Steven Freedman
as Yoga Instructor
Owen Kline
as Jack Gold
Greta Kline
as Evie Gold
Molly Bryant
as Party Guest
Michael G. Carroll
as Party Guest
Craig Chester
as Party Guest
Jessica Queller
as Party Guest
W. Reed Jr.
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Anniversary Party

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (35)

Too formlessly turgid.

Full Review… | July 27, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

As first film, it suffers from problems of most movies directed by actors: Big emotional scenes and indulgent acting, but it has some moments of truth

Full Review… | April 20, 2006

...because Cumming and Leigh avoid most (though not all) of the easy choices common to first-time writers and directors, the movie stays on the right side of entertaining.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

... it's fascinating to search for these characters' hearts under the layers of makeup, denial, disguise, excuses, fantasies, and ego.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Intenso e fascinante, o filme se apóia inteiramente no imenso talento de seu elenco e é recompensado com atuações absolutamente irretocáveis - e é claro que a dupla de diretores merece créditos por isto.

October 12, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A raw yet relaxed film buff's film... a wittier, recast version of one of your own dinner parties, with enough high drama to keep the guests talking for quite a while.

Full Review… | January 16, 2003
Entertainment Today

Audience Reviews for The Anniversary Party

I really liked it the first time I saw it. Not so much the second time.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


This is what happens when you let just anyone direct films...films like these.

Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer


There's something quite unusual about this movie. It's like the Big Chill for the new millenium.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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