The Upside of Anger (2005)

“People don’t know how to love. They bite rather than kiss. They slap rather than stroke. Maybe it’s because they recognize how easy it is for love to go bad, to become suddenly impossible… unworkable, an exercise of futility. So they avoid it and seek solace in angst, and fear, and aggression, which are always there and readily available. Or maybe sometimes… they just don’t have all the facts.” – Lavender “Popeye” Wolfmeyer

Number of Times Seen – Twice (22 Aug 2005 and 4 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After her husband disappears one morning, a women must deal with her four teenage daughters by herself while also trying to find happiness in her own life.

My Take on it – Fun drama that works due to the great performances of both Kevin Costner and Joan Allen.

The love/hate relationship between them throughout this film comes across really well and allows the viewer to get a clearer picture of the kind of lives they lead.

The film has a great message about life and it manages to stay true to itself throughout.

The supporting characters are also great here with Alicia Witt, Keri Russell, Even Rachel Wood and Erika Christensen playing Allen’s daughters.

Mike Binder does a great job writing and directing this film because he is able to create so many diverse characters and still capture the essence of the story so well.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer/director Mike Binder said that Kevin Costner’s character is an amalgamation of Detroit Tigers baseball players Denny McLain (from whom the character gets his first name) and Kirk Gibson. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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