The Upside of Anger

2006-03-30 13:03


Allen stars as the sharp-witted Terry Wolfmeyer, 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 and regularly drowning her anger in alcohol, until she develops an offbeat relationship with her next-door neighbour, Denny.

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.

What the critics are saying:

"A fiercely funny human comedy with jokes that sting and leave marks."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"I liked these characters precisely because they were not designed to be likable -- or, more precisely, because they were likable in spite of being exasperating, unorganized, self-destructive and impervious to good advice."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The upside of Mike Binder's deeply flawed attempt to marry midlife romantic comedy with domestic farce is two nearly perfect performances by Joan Allen and Kevin Costner."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

Kevin Costner and Joan Allen put in exceptional performances in this witty and sophisticated romantic comedy.

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