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At Theaters: 4/1/2005 On Video: 7/26/2005
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 56 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449943
Studio: New Line Cinema
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Joan Allen THE NOTEBOOK, THE CONTENDER, THE ICE STORM
Kevin Costner DRAGONFLY, 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND, THIRTEEN DAYS
Erika Christensen THE PERFECT SCORE, THE BANGER SISTERS, SWIMFAN
Evan Rachel Wood SIMONE
Keri Russell MAD ABOUT MAMBO, THE CURVE
Alicia Witt TWO WEEKS NOTICE, URBAN LEGEND
Dane Christensen MURPHY'S DOZEN
Wri/Dir: Mike Binder THE SEARCH FOR JOHN GISSING, LONDINIUM
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Content Heading
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.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 115 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
1
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (M)
34
Fairly High
82%
30+Adults (F)
71
High
87%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.
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