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Director: Mike Binder     Starring: Joan Allen Kevin Costner
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40716502
UPC: 794043825927
UPC 14: 00794043825927
Category Keywords: Family Crises  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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After being abandoned by her husband, a woman finds her life changed when a once-great baseball player steps in as her drinking buddy and becomes an ad-hoc member of the dysfunctional family.

"Allen turns the character into a tour de force...  Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Original, unfailingly entertaining marital-breakup movie.  Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"A fiercely funny human comedy with jokes that sting and leave marks.   Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Wondrous performances!  Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

Editor's Note
Starring Joan Allen, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER spans three years of a woman's life following her husband's sudden disappearance. Terry Wolfmeyer (Allen), an affluent suburban Detroit wife and mother, goes from a paragon of sweetness to a volcano of rage in the wake of her husband's desertion; she thinks he has jetted off to Sweden with his Swedish secretary. Barely holding it together for her four daughters (distinctively played by Alicia Witt, Keri Russell, Erika Christensen, and Evan Rachel Wood), Terry fitfully adjusts while befriending Denny Davies (Costner), a retired baseball player and radio personality up the street who shares her love of the all-day cocktail hour.

Allen is a delightful force, displaying serious comedic talent and effortlessly stealing each scene. She glows with an unaffected sexiness, while Costner shines as the seemingly all-wrong man who turns out to be completely right. Writer-director Mike Binder casts a keenly perceptive eye on male-female relationships, a topic he also explored in his critically-acclaimed HBO series THE MIND OF THE MARRIED MAN. Binder also appears in a role as Denny's producer Shep, a shallow womanizer with surprisingly resonant reasons for being shallow. As the three years pass, Terry and her daughters are confronted with varying individual situations, choices, and compromises, with moments that ring true in ways both moving and strikingly funny. THE UPSIDE OF ANGER is an ideal combination of drama and humor.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/27/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 117 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 8259
Video UPC UPC: 00794043825927
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alicia Witt
Video Cast Info Erika Christensen
Video Cast Info Evan Rachel Wood
Video Cast Info Joan Allen
Video Cast Info Keri Russell
Video Cast Info Kevin Costner
Video Cast Info Alexandre Desplat - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jack Binder - Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Damon - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mike Binder - Director
Video Cast Info Mike Binder - Writer
Video Cast Info Richard Greatrex - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Steve Edwards - Editor

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"Costner and Allen show you what it means not just to play a role but to inhabit it." 03/18/2005 p.45-46

USA Today
"[Allen's] edgy comic ability is well established with this role." 03/11/2005 p.3E

Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] wonderfully made comedy of domestic manners..." 03/18/2005 p.30

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"While UPSIDE marks Costner's return to lighthearted acting form, it's Allen who shines..." 07/01/2005 p.104

"[Costner] seems to only now be realizing his full potential as an actor....Pleasant and interesting..." 10/01/2005 p.134

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Joan Allen impresses once again in this acerbic portrait of a Detroit matriach..." 01/01/2007 p.40

Sight and Sound
"[A] comedy-drama for grownups, with plenty of recognisable angst to laugh or cringe at, and a final twist that plays heavy on life's ironies." 01/01/2007 p.82

LA Weekly 8 of 10
One senses that this is an intensely personal project for Binder, who is not as forgiving as he might be toward the mercurial mother. Still, the film is carried by Costner and Allen, who project a chemistry so incrementally built on reluctant camaraderie, they almost seem like siblings. - Ella Taylor

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Allen,Joan
Product attributeLabel:   Turner Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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