Upside of Anger, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Beautifully acted, droll, and, ultimately, profoundly moving comedy-drama set in a Detroit suburb about an embittered alcoholic upper-class wife (the superb Joan Allen) deserted by her husband and left to raise their four daughters (Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt) who enters into a relationship with her neighbor, a burned-out but affable baseball player-turned-DJ (Kevin Costner in one of his best roles), who loves her and becomes a surrogate father to the girls. Director Mike Binder -- who also plays the part of a reprobate with an eye toward women half his age -- has written a sharply observant spin on the nature of anger, intercutting the story with occasional film and news clips of hatred's ramifications on a global scale -- and imparts a strong moral about the destructive nature of misplaced animosity. Permissive attitude toward premarital sex, rough, crude, and profane language, a few brief sexual situations, alcohol and fleeting drug use. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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