Upside of Anger, The (2005, USA/GBR/GER) C-118m. SCOPE ** D: Mike Binder. Starring Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Keri Russell, Alicia Witt, Evan Rachel Wood, Mike Binder. Allen plays a 40-ish wife and mother of four daughters, whose husband leaves her and his family because of a Swedish mistress. While alcohol becomes her only friend, similarly boozing ex-baseball pro Costner steals himself into her life. Drama sometimes tries to come across as a family saga, and is well-acted (especially by Allen), but final twist negates the entire film. Boost the rating by half a star if you are a woman. Writer-director Binder plays the radio show producer.

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