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The Upside Of Anger

6.81 h 56 min200515
The Upside of Anger is a poignant yet wickedly humorous family drama. Starring a stellar ensemble cast, it is an inspired portrayal of a family's emotional transformation and how one woman deals with the void left when her husband elopes with his secretary without warning.
Mike Binder
Kevin CostnerJoan AllenKeri Russell
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Erika ChristensenRachel Evan WoodAlicia Witt
Alex GartnerJack BinderSammy Lee
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4.5 out of 5 stars

232 global ratings

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  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
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Slow-foxyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
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For me, the overall mood of this film is quite dark. There is a thread of humour running through it at times, but it struggles to surface. The actors/actresses play their parts well, but, even allowing for the depressing situation she finds herself in, I found Joan Allen`s portrayal too relentlessly grim.
The family, and Kevin Costner`s character, have extremely difficult life experiences to deal with (or not deal with), but I ended up not caring very much about what happened to them.
Costner`s role was quite amusing, but for me there was not enough "lightness of touch" to help balance the downbeat nature of the film. One of the reviews on the dvd case said that it was "uproariously funny". I do realise that humour is always a very personal matter, and I can only give my own opinion.....for me it was not funny, and overall not a great film.
oooo Candy DavisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 June 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Scenes from a Marriage - Hollywood Style
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An impressive cast lead by Joan Allen as a wife whose husband disappears. Kevin Costner co-stars as Allen's romantic interest, and gives an excellent performance. Also includes substantial roles for Erika Christensen, Alicia Witt, Keri Russell, and Evan Rachel Wood as Allen's daughters.

This is Joan Allen's film though, and she does a wonderful job of playing a woman who is consumed with so much anger that she becomes depressed and alcoholic. Whilst it might be billed as a comedy there is a strong sense of drama throughout. The 'twist' ending panned by many critics I found to be an excellent conclusion, and not one I had seen coming.

There is a theatrical trailer, sound is 5.1 or stereo, English subtitles are available, and the transfer to DVD is crystal clear.
CaramelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 March 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A quietly moving movie.
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A great quality turn from Joan Allen, a very good actress. Kevin Costner is always friendly and watchable. It provides a good and different picture of relationships, families, and how loss affects everyone. Then how eventually one learns, grows and heals. A good character study piece. The supporting stories (around the daughters) are good viewing too.
When I first saw this film I then re-watched it the same day, I enjoyed it that much.
miss kittyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
The joys of anger
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I have to say Amazon i enjoyed this film kevin costner is one of my favourite leading men and Joan allen is a beautiful leading lady. This film will no doubt give you a laugh and theres an i didnt see that coming scene, Costner and Allen are very enjoyable as are the ladies playing joan's daughters. This will wind you down after a hard day at work or if ur needing a laugh give this a go. No excuse really cheap price go get it.
Vix32Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommeded
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Great funny at times easy watching film
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BigAl82Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Staggeringly good comedy drama with spectacular performances and a jarring twist plus horror movie style jump
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I got a whole heck of a lot more than I bargained for with this one. Initially bought for Joan Allen who is wonderful. And Erika Christensen who is always brilliant. And Alicia Witt is excellent as ever. One part in particular made me scream(!) and this isn't a scary movie. Ooh and there's at least two hot guys in this film.
donnaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 March 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Upside of Anger
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Great movie....another one to add to my Kevin Costner collection...his movies are just them all the time..I'm just a fan
Mr. C. M. TillmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Movie
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Good movie .Funny and pleasing to watch very good performance from cast.
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