Upside of Anger

Directed By: Mike Binder Starring: Joan Allen Kevin Costner

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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.


Studio New Line
SKU 40716502
UPC 794043825927
UPC 14 00794043825927
Format DVD
Release Date 4/27/2010
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 1774
Family Crises
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Premiere "[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
Mike Binder
Joan Allen
Kevin Costner
Cast & Crew
Alexandre Desplat - Musical Score
Alicia Witt - Actor
Erika Christensen - Actor
Evan Rachel Wood - Actor
Jack Binder - Producer
Joan Allen - Actor
Keri Russell - Actor
Kevin Costner - Actor
Mark Damon - Executive Producer
Mike Binder - Director
Mike Binder - Writer
Richard Greatrex - Cinematographer
Steve Edwards - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 8259
UPC 00794043825927
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
ReviewSource LA Weekly
Review 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.
Reviewer Ella Taylor
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Allen,Joan
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter Allen turns the character into a tour de force...
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Original, unfailingly entertaining marital-breakup movie.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone A fiercely funny human comedy with jokes that sting and leave marks.
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle Wondrous performances!

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