Starring Joan Allen, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER spans three years of a woman's life following her husband's sudden disappearance. Terry Wolfmeyer (Allen), an affluent suburban Detroit wife and mother, goes from a paragon of sweetness to a volcano of rage in the wake of her husband's desertion; she thinks he has jetted off to Sweden with his Swedish secretary. Barely holding it together for her four daughters (distinctively played by Alicia Witt, Keri Russell, Erika Christensen, and Evan Rachel Wood), Terry fitfully adjusts while befriending Denny Davies (Costner), a retired baseball player and radio personality up the street who shares her love of the all-day cocktail hour.
Allen is a delightful force, displaying serious comedic talent and effortlessly stealing each scene. She glows with an unaffected sexiness, while Costner shines as the seemingly all-wrong man who turns out to be completely right. Writer-director Mike Binder casts a keenly perceptive eye on male-female relationships, a topic he also explored in his critically-acclaimed HBO series THE MIND OF THE MARRIED MAN. Binder also appears in a role as Denny's producer Shep, a shallow womanizer with surprisingly resonant reasons for being shallow. As the three years pass, Terry and her daughters are confronted with varying individual situations, choices, and compromises, with moments that ring true in ways both moving and strikingly funny. THE UPSIDE OF ANGER is an ideal combination of drama and humor.
Jack Binder - Producer, MIND OF THE MARRIED MAN; FOURPLAY
Mike Binder - Screenwriter/Director
Erika Christensen - Actress
Joan Allen - American actress, THE ICE STORM
Alicia Witt - Actress/"Fun"
Sammy Lee - Choreographer
Kevin Costner - Oscar winning American actor, director, DANCES WITH WOLVES
Keri Russell - Television Actress, FELICITY
Richard Greatrex - Director of Photography
Alex Gartner - Executive Producer, OUT OF TIME (2003)
Evan Rachel Wood - Actress, LITTLE SECRETS (2001)
Alexandre Desplat - Composer
Theatrical Release: MARCH 11, 2005
"Costner and Allen show you what it means not just to play a role but to inhabit it." - 03/18/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.45-46
"[Allen's] edgy comic ability is well established with this role." - 03/11/2005 USA Today, p.3E
"[A] wonderfully made comedy of domestic manners..." - 03/18/2005 Chicago Sun-Times, p.30
"While UPSIDE marks Costner's return to lighthearted acting form, it's Allen who shines..." - 07/01/2005 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.104
"[Costner] seems to only now be realizing his full potential as an actor....Pleasant and interesting..." - 10/01/2005 Premiere, p.134
3 stars out of 5 -- "Joan Allen impresses once again in this acerbic portrait of a Detroit matriach..." - 01/01/2007 Total Film, p.40
"[A] comedy-drama for grownups, with plenty of recognisable angst to laugh or cringe at, and a final twist that plays heavy on life's ironies." - 01/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.82