the upside of anger

Joan Allen seethes with alcoholic rage in this slight film about a mother of 4 talented daughters deserted by her husband. The dysfunction of Allen’s relationships with her daughters, each with her own list of issues, is brought into high-relief by the absence of their father and her seemingly bottomless anger towards his abandonment of the family. Kevin Coster, reprising a common role as a likeable but washed up baseball player, appears as Allen’s drinking buddy and sometime lover. Like kid who always shows up as dinner on the table, gradually becomes a fixture in the family providing some much needed lightness. [us, 2005]

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