The Upside of Anger 2005

The Upside of Anger

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A comedy/ drama for grown-ups, with fine performances by Joan Allen and Kevin Costner.

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After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer (Joan Allen) is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters (Keri Russell, Evan Rachel Wood, Erika Christensen, Alicia Witt). As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny (Kevin Costner), a former baseball player. As the two grow closer, and her daughters increasingly rely on Denny, Terry starts to have reservations about where their relationship is headed.

Cast & Crew

Joan Allen
Terry Wolfmeyer
Kevin Costner
Denny Davies
Erika Christensen
Andy Wolfmeyer
Evan Rachel Wood
Lavender "Popey" Wolfmeyer
Keri Russell
Emily Wolfmeyer
Alicia Witt
Hadley Wolfmeyer
Mike Binder
Adam"Shep"' Goodman
Dane Christensen
Gorden Reiner
Tom Harper
David Junior
Danny Webb
Grey Wolfmeyer
Chris Curling
Associate Producer
Mark Damon
Executive Producer
Andreas Grosch
Executive Producer
Stewart Hall
Executive Producer
Peter Heslop
Line Producer
Sammy Lee
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Critic Reviews for The Upside of Anger

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Audience Reviews for The Upside of Anger

  • Dec 09, 2010
    "The Upside of Anger" at first look-this is just one another comedy for one woman,forsaken from her husband,because he is in love with his secretary.but it's not true.Terry{charming ms.Joan Allen}makes a mistake after mistake.she didn't know how to act with her daughters&friends after"the event".whole 3 years .and she has a feeling that nobody{even her close friend Danny}understand her.Terry blames the whole world and even didn't realize that.but we love her,because she is a human being like everyone of us with many of our problems.with support of Danny she annihilated most of those problems.she decided to stop drinking&absolved her daughters from her strict motherly control{and becomes twice grand mother}.in the end her anguish is over.how?just watch the movie.she{Terry} deserves your attention.
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2009
    I went into this film with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. I have to say I saw this awhile ago and would have initially been tempted to give it 4 stars but having had the time to digest it, I really have to give it 3. I really enjoy Joan Allen in general and thought this role was perfect for her. She manages to balance right on the edge of being completely self-indulgent in her misery. Teetering but never quite going over the edge. Her daughters however, are another story. The youngest, Lavender, played by Evan Rachel Wood was by far the most appealing. She possesses a depth and sensitivity beyond her years and the most reasonable character in the film. I normally can't stand Kevin Costner but I actually found I was attracted to his character. I loved how playful and self-depricating he was. He affably foils Allen's plans to live in isolation, wallowing in hurt and anger. The dialogue reminded me of a stage production and I think it would make a great play.
    Laura C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2009
    Whoa, SO not what I was expecting but surprisingly funny and touching at the strangest parts! Joan Allen is certainly a marvel, and the rest of the female supporting cast is pretty wonderful too. The ending was...very cathartic.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.tinypic.com/27yrew0.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> What's with me these days? All I saw was crap till now, including this one, The Upside of Anger. This movie was horrible, the acting was average, it was the same scene over and over again. The actors never grew or changed and nor did the plot. The movie had potential to be very good but it fell far short. The supposed theme of anger was just about an angry woman abandoned by the husband and she started drinking and ignoring her children. Don't waste your time, it had some laughable moments, but over all it was slow and boring.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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