Film Screening 9th August, 2005

Poster for The Upside of Anger

The Upside of Anger 

8:00 PM, 9th August, 2005

  • M
  • 117 mins
  • 2005
  • Mike Binder
  • Mike Binder
  • Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Keri Russell, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood

This is the story of Terry Wolfmeyer (Allen) and her anger. It also the story of the anger of her four daughters, Andy (Christensen), Hadley (Alicia Witt), Emily (Russell) and Popeye (Evan Rachel Wood); and how their respective rages interact. Our first view of the rage is sparked off by the disappearance of Terry's husband along with his Swedish secretary. You can't help but feel that the rage has been simmering for a long time. Terry begins to drink and finds some comfort in the company of her neighbour, Denny (Costner), the washed up baseball star - now radio host - who won't talk about baseball. Denny also brings his sleazy producer (played with great skill by the film's Writer/Director Mike Binder) into the lives of Terry's family only producing more tension.
This movie is a fantastic look at the nature of anger and how it can tend towards self-absorption. It provides a wonderful glimpse at how families interact and the danger of making assumptions. If you are worried about Costner's acting prowess, I wouldn't be, to quote my sister, "This is the first movie where I liked Kevin Costner, and he played a drunk loser!"

Edith Hamilton