The Upside Of Anger - 2005 (R)


Year of Release: 2005
Rated: R
Director: Mike Binder
Approx. Running Time: 117 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)

From Back Cover:

"Two BIG Thumbs UP!"
-Ebert & Roeper

In life, sometimes the very things that pull us apart can also bring us back together. Joan Allen and Kevin Costner lead a stellar ensemble cast in the moving story of a bright, witty suburban housewife (Allen) whose world comes crashing down when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Left to raise four headstrong daughters (Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt), Terry's already hectic life turns totally chaotic when she falls for Denny (Costner), a former baseball star-turned-local DJ. Now it's the girls who are forced to deal with their mom's romantic dilemmas - along with their own - in this poignant yet wickedly humorous family drama.

My Comments:

I really wanted to like this movie. Kevin Costner's character is charming and loveable, but he is about the only 'upside' to this film. The four daughters in the film all came across to me as being spiteful and ungrateful, though they could hardly be blamed considering their evil witch of a mother, played by Joan Allen, who seemed to lack any redeeming qualities, yet the film expects its audience to sympathize with her. She's just bitter, hateful and mean, but doesn't do it with any kind of flair. There's just nothing there to like.

Go Back:

Rated R (MPAA)
2 Stars
2005 (Year of Release)
Main Index