The Upside of Anger

April 1st, 2005


The Upside of Anger

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When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a sharp-witted suburban wife and her daughters juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas and family dynamics.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.9/10 (13,831 voted)

Critic's Score: 63/100

Director: Mike Binder

Stars: Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen

A sharp-witted suburban wife, Terry Wolfmeyer, is left to raise her four headstrong daughters when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Things get even more hectic when she falls for her neighbor Denny, a once-great baseball star turned radio d.j. This leaves her daughters out on a limb. They are forced to juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas as well as their own.

Joan Allen - Terry Ann Wolfmeyer
Kevin Costner - Denny Davies
Erika Christensen - Andy Wolfmeyer
Keri Russell - Emily Wolfmeyer
Alicia Witt - Hadley Wolfmeyer
Evan Rachel Wood - Lavender 'Popeye' Wolfmeyer
Mike Binder - Adam 'Shep' Goodman
Tom Harper - David Junior
Dane Christensen - Gorden Reiner
Danny Webb - Grey Wolfmeyer
Magdalena Manville - Darlene
Suzanne Bertish - Gina
David Firth - David Senior
Rod Woodruff - Dean Reiner (as Roderick P. Woodruff)
Stephen Greif - Emily's Doctor

Taglines: Sometimes what tears us apart helps us put it back together


Official Website: Media 8 Entertainment | Metropolitan Filmexport [France] |

Release Date: 1 April 2005

Filming Locations: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $211,559 (USA) (13 March 2005) (9 Screens)

Gross: $18,761,993 (USA) (26 June 2005)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Binder approached singer-turned-actress Mandy Moore to play the youngest of the daughters but she backed out because she wanted to do publicity for an upcoming album.

Factual errors: In the credits, thanks are given to Universal Pictures for allowing them to use a still photo of Kevin Costner from "For the Love of the Game". The correct title is "For Love of the Game".

Hadley Wolfmeyer: There's something you all should know.
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: You're pregnant and you're getting married.
Hadley Wolfmeyer: How did you know that? Who told you that?
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: I guessed? Really? I guessed that? I was right?
Terry Wolfmeyer: No, you've got to be kidding me.
Hadley Wolfmeyer: No, I'm... I'm not. I'm getting married.
Terry Wolfmeyer: This is how I find out? Through Popeye? A 15-year-old?
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: Don't be condescending...
Terry Wolfmeyer: Close it! You are a child. What do *you* know?
Andy Wolfmeyer: Oh, that old chestnut.

User Review

Great story, strong actors

Rating: 10/10

The Upside of Anger was a wonderfully written script. The perfect blend of humor and sadness, consistent in real life. Each character was developed uniquely, with many different layers. Each character was matched by strong up and coming and veteran actors. Joan Allen as usual is a gem and proves that mainstream Hollywood is missing one of the great female leads of our time. Kevin Costner sticks out and steals the show. He's quirky but real and perfectly lovable. All the girls, although they did not get enough screen time, were capable, exceptional, actors with a bright future in front of them all. Especially the youngest daughter played by Evan Rachel Wood. This is a rare comedy that must be seen. Although the average American may find it slow with it's absence of car chases and sword fights, one can only hope that this movie will find it's audience and grow enough to fall into the laps of the average and broaden their minds.


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