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The Upside Of Anger

The Upside Of Anger
Abandonment is in the eye of the guilt-ridden alcoholic wife (Joan Allen) after her husband ostensibly disappears with his secretary in a scattershot movie about suburban ennui as glimpsed through a gauzy female gaze. Kevin Costner plays Denny Davies a retired pro baseball player turned radio talk show host who shares his midday drinking and pot smoking duties with the newly single Terry Wolfmeyer (Allen), a mother of four insufferable teenaged daughters (Alicia Witt, Erika Christensen, Keri Russell, Rachel Wood). Every character behaves badly by sleeping with wretched people and milling aimlessly about toward an anti climatic ending that's pasted together with a vague and drippy voice-over narration by the youngest daughter. Writer/director/actor Mike Binder (writer on HBO's "The Mind Of The Married Man") is to blame for this melodramatic game of three card monte. Special features include deleted scenes, an audio commentary track with former film critic Rod Lurie moderating Joan Allen and Mike Bender, a making-of documentary and a script-to-screen DVD-ROM feature. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1 Anaphoric Widescreen, with sound quality presented in choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0. (Movie - Two Stars, DVD features - Two Stars) Rated R, 118 mins. (New Line)

September 25, 2005 | Permalink