The Upside of Anger

Theatrical Release: April 1, 2005
The Upside of Anger


A sharp-witted suburban wife, Terry Wolfmeyer, is left to raise her four headstrong daughters when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Things get even more hectic when she falls for her neighbor Denny, a once-great baseball star turned radio d.j. This leaves her daughters are out on a limb. They are forced to juggle their mom’s romantic dilemmas as well as their own.

Dove Review

I was completely shocked when I saw this movie. Is that really Kevin Costner playing an ex-baseball player? I think Mr. Costner needs to get this baseball thing out of his system. Perhaps he should buy a PS2 with a baseball game and just play it until he gets sick of it. Anyway, from the previews this movie was supposed to be funny but funny scenes are few and far between. It is easy to relate to, however, since almost everyone knows a person who has an angry demeanor or who has come from a broken home. “Upside of Anger” did, however, offer some interesting views on life, but I don’t suggest retrieving those views through this movie. I’m sure there is a better way to use two hours.

Forfeiting a Dove approval is not an upside to anger, but it’s the case with this film. Terry and Denny are borderline alcoholics who spend much time together and eventually begin a sexual relationship. That trend is continued throughout the movie as two of Terry’s daughters sleep with or attempt to sleep with men. Denny is also an avid marijuana smoker, and although it’s only shown once, it is mentioned several other times. Also included are several scenes regarding men’s performances in bed. Maybe the producers should’ve been more concerned with the film’s performance in the theater.

Content Description

Sex: Terry and Denny have an active sexual relationship. One of Terry’s daughters sleeps with an older man, scene where Terry walks in on her daughter and the man in bed. Another daughter makes several attempts to get a gay boy to sleep with her. Much talk about sex and men’s performances in bed. Scene with Terry and Denny having sex under the covers (no nudity shown).
Language: 10 F, 11 A, 10 S, 6 D, 8 G/GD, 4 J/JC, 3 H, 2 B, 3 OMG, 1 D*ckhead, a couple instances of the middle finger.
Violence: Man slapped.
Drugs: Alcohol consumption throughout entire movie, cigarette smoking prevalent also, marijuana smoked, man stating he’s “stoned”.
Nudity: woman shown in towel after shower.
Occult: None


Company: New Line/Fine Line
Writer: Mike Binder
Director: Mike Binder
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 118 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge