Upside of Anger"
Allen. Kevin Costner. Drama.
A woman’s husband leaves with his secretary, which results
in his wife coping with raising four daughters by swimming in vodka.
I would have argued that this is the second best film that I’ve
seen this year. But since Million Dollar Baby is being granted a
2004 release date (because it was in LA or NY for one weekend in
2004), then I might as well play ball. So The Upside of Anger claims
the top spot right now.
(Joan Allen) finds that her husband has run off with his secretary
(to Sweden, no less). She is left with a large home, some property
that a group of developers have been eyeing, and four daughters
who are all teenagers at the beginning of the film.
the film, Terry is drunk or angry, or a combination of the two.
One of her
neighbors is Denny Davies (Costner), a former baseball player turned
radio talk show host for a smaller radio station in Detroit. Denny
is the ‘face guy’ for the land development project,
trying to encourage the individual landowners to sell their lots.
always had a thing for Terry, and she tacitly approves his presence
since she could use a drinking buddy.
progresses through some obstacles, but this film is really about
the relationship between Terry and her daughters. She is frustrated
by the actions of three of them. Terry particularly can’t
understand why one of her middle daughters is so concerned with
hurting her father’s feelings in a letter the daughter intends
not a Kevin Costner film - it is all about Joan Allen. She is spectacular
- the best I’ve seen this year. If you want to see a desperate
housewife, this should be the vehicle.
is solid on all fronts, including Kerri Russell and Evan Rachel
be disappointed if you miss this film.