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.
R (for language, drug use and nudity)
Comedy , Drama
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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
John Benjamin Hickey
as Jerry Adams
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
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Mary-Lynn
Blair Tefkin
as Astrid
Molly Bryant
as Party Guest
Michael G. Carroll
as Party Guest
Craig Chester
as Party Guest
Christopher Lawrence
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 (111) | Top Critics (32)

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Full Review… | May 26, 2008
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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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January 15, 2002
Detroit News
Top Critic

Too formlessly turgid.

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

Audience Reviews for The Anniversary Party


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

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer


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

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

A favorite!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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