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Terry and her next-door neighbor, Denny, become drinking buddies after her husband disappears and she has trouble with her four daughters. Things get complicated as the daughters become accustomed to having Denny around while they try to juggle their mother's romantic dilemmas as well as their own.
Comedy Drama - This is, for the most part, a comedy for adults with some serious
dramatic elements. The sense of humor is often on the dark, biting
side, and makes light of serious subjects such as (most prominently)
alcoholism. The vibe is off-kilter humorous one minute, serious the
next, somewhat like American Beauty.
PROFANITY: 9 F-words, 11 S-words, 5 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex; comic sex talk; no nudity. VIOLENCE: A scene of over-the-top, bloody, comic violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Nonstop alcohol; some tobacco and marijuana. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Nonstop comic dialogue, often dark, sometimes suggestive.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Individual scenes shine, and every member of the cast has at least one golden moment. There are a lot of instances that ring true on an emotional level, and, although some of the material wades into dark and murky waters, Binder's screenplay never loses its sense of humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent ...'The Upside of Anger' is a wonderfully made comedy of domestic manners. With it, the movie becomes larger and deeper. When life plays a joke on you, it can have a really rotten sense of humor.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Upside of Anger does have its entertaining moments, usually centered on Allen, whose edgy comic ability is well established with this role. She also adds nuance and shading to her anger and sense of betrayal, sometimes coming off bull-headed, self-absorbed or sheepish, but always authentic.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 115 moviegoer opinions. The first thing I noticed is that the male and female opinions are nearly identical, so gender makes very little difference in the opinions. About half truly enjoyed "The Upside of Anger," but an alarming percentage rated it "Good," or lower, which isn't very good. These moviegoers didn't hate it, they just thought it was an OK/average movie at best. My recommendation would be that it's worth a look, but you may want to reduce your risk by seeing a lower cost matinee.
Sharp-witted Terry Wolfmeyer (Joan Allen) is a suburban wife and mother whose life takes an unusual turn when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Struggling to deal with his sudden absence, Terry finds herself increasingly at odds with her four headstrong daughters (Christensen, Wood, Russell and Witt) and regularly drowning her anger in alcohol, until she develops an offbeat relationship with her next-door neighbor, Denny (Costner). A once-great baseball star turned radio DJ, Denny becomes a drinking buddy for Terry and slowly evolves into her source of strength, as well as an ad-hoc father to her daughters. But things get complicated as Terry's daughters grow accustomed to having Denny around while attempting to juggle not only their mother's romantic dilemmas, but their own.