The Upside of Anger


The Upside of Anger

Critics 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.


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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  • 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 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="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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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