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The Upside of Anger - Review


We've all been there...some of us more than others. You wake up one morning and realize your boyfriend/fiance/husband/significant other has disappeared. Okay...so maybe we all haven't been there exactly. Maybe that "one morning" is more like three painstaking months of "I think he's trying to break up with me???" But the pain, the anger, and the betrayal are still the same.

The Upside of Anger, written and directed by Mike Binder takes this premise as the catalyst for his tale. Terry Wolfmeyer (played by Allen) wakes up one morning in suburban upper-class Detroit to realize that her husband of 20+ years has left her and her four daughters for a new life in Sweden with his assistant. Her dope smoking/beer drinking former jock neighbor (Costner) quickly enters the picture. The rest of the movie follows Terry picking up the pieces of her life...or at least attempting to while soothing her pain with Grey Goose and feebly managing the rebellious and varied reactions of her four daughters to the betrayal.

I have to say that I liked this movie. It wasn't superb, life-changing, or even emotive. However, I was caught in the world of the characters and very curious as to how Terry would overcome her crisis. I would classify this movie as a chick-flick, and ladies, please leave your man at home as he definitely won't appreciate this one. Allen's performance was strong, and Costner's believable and endearing. I did have a few logistical concerns with regards to script but overall this movie is a definite contender for a rainy afternoon.


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