The Upside of Anger


The Upside of Anger (2005)


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


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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. and her daughters are forced to juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas as well as their own.

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Joan Allen
as Terry Wolfmeyer
Kevin Costner
as Denny Davies
Erika Christensen
as Andy Wolfmeyer
Evan Rachel Wood
as Lavender `Popeye' Wolfmeyer
Keri Russell
as Emily Wolfmeyer
Alicia Witt
as Hadley Wolfmeyer
Mike Binder
as Adam `Shep' Goodman
Tom Harper
as David Junior
Dane Christensen
as Gorden Reiner
Daniel Webb
as Grey Wolfmeyer
Danny Webb
as Grey Wolfmeyer
David Firth
as David Senior
Rod Woodruff
as Dean Reiner
Stephen Greif
as Emily's Doctor
Arthur Penhallow
as DJ Arhur P.
Richard Mylan
as Disc Jockey
Robert Perkins
as Town Car Man
William Tapley
as Doctor Lewis
Owen Oakshot
as Builder Foreman
Bella Sabbagh
as Radio Station Receptionist
Michelle Denholm
as English National Ballet School
Natalie Domanski
as English National Ballet School
Sophie Gorrod
as English National Ballet School
Carolyn Logan
as English National Ballet School
Alison McWhinney
as English National Ballet School
Natasha O'Brien
as English National Ballet School
Stina Quagebeur
as English National Ballet School
Olivia Ratcliffe
as English National Ballet School
Laura Suttle
as English National Ballet School
Nicola Wallis
as English National Ballet School
Miki Weatherford
as English National Ballet School
Nao Yamazato
as English National Ballet School
Gavin Munn
as The Gavin Munn Band/Wedding Band
Nicholas White
as The Gavin Munn Band/Wedding Band
Peter Hajioff
as The Gavin Munn Band/Wedding Band
Chris Banks
as The Gavin Munn Band/Wedding Band
Roger Batting
as The Gavin Munn Band/Wedding Band
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Critic Reviews for The Upside of Anger

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (39)

Showy and door-slamming but very watchable.

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

l, yet the movie's There's spiky humour and ample breathing room for the material, yet the movie's rather too intent on parading its own wisdom.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Binder wrote this movie for Joan Allen, and it is her flinty performance that gives the undertaking what claim it has to success.

Sep 15, 2005 | Full Review…

Mike Binder's femme-dominated domestic drama hooks the viewer immediately, and is flecked with enough bitterly comic touches to make this an easy-to-digest variation of an angst-ridden tale.

Apr 2, 2005
Top Critic

The actors tune in to their individual characters perfectly, but this is Allen's show.

Apr 2, 2005


Mar 25, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Upside of Anger


I really quite liked ths movie, it was a beautiful storyline and brilliantly acted as well! Its funny, dramatic sad and a powerful drama that really is inspiring as well! the story is about a wife who comes to believe her husband has betrayed her and left her for his receptionist so she comes so engrossed in her feelings of anger and betrayal that she ignores the fact she has a responsibility as a mother, this story is mainly about finding yourself and becoming a new person and that there is an upside to anger! A really good movie really wroth a watch Joan Allen is fantastic in this role!

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Super Reviewer

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 Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


Joan Allen is rock-awesome and ending is totally boss...BUT everything preceding it kinda sucked ass. Script is full of what Binder thought was clever at the time but really isn't in practice. The daughters have one identifying trait each and nothing beyond that. Also, the three eldest all look the same age. Keri Russell is delightful but casting-wise, she should have been the eldest. The only well-written character is Terry but even then, I saw no trace of "the nicest person" Popeye spoke of. She had to have the potential to become mad and drunk. And since I haven't seen "Thirteen" yet, I'm still not convinced ERW is that great of an actress.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Lovely film!

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

Super Reviewer

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