The Upside of Anger

Synopsis: 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 out on a limb. They are forced to juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas as well as their own.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mike Binder
Production: New Line Cinema
  5 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

A case in point in anger's

ability to change us

is my mother.

My mother was always

the nicest person I ever knew.

She was the nicest, sweetest woman

than anyone who knew her ever knew.

Then things changed...

then she changed.

She got angry.

Good and angry.

Anger has turned my mother

into a very sad and bitter woman.

If she wasn't my mother,

I'd slap her.

I would.

I'd look her straight in the face and

tell her what I really think of her...

and then I'd run really fast

in the opposite direction.

- Are you eating?

- Yes.

I want you eating.

I mean it.


You ladies

are old enough now,

I'm not gonna pull

any punches here.

He took his wallet...

and he left.

When he didn't come home

the other night,

you know,

I thought we got lucky

and he was just

in a car crash,

dead by the side of the road,

but the fact is,

he's run off with his little Swedish

secretary, who, oh, what a coincidence,

mysteriously left work three days ago

and moved back to Sweden!

But where did he go?

Have you spoken to him?

No, I haven't

spoken to him.

There is

very little to say.

He knows that. But I did cut off

all his goddamn credit cards.

Closed his checking

account, yeah.

See how long she sticks

around when he's broke.

Your father is a...

small man.

Very small.

I hope that's not an allusion

to the man's genitals

- 'cause that'd just be gross.

- Aw, dude,

- I was about to eat a string bean.

- Oh, my god...

Excuse me, excuse me.

Everything is not a joke.

I am talking.

And as

a jittery nation worries

about a counterstrike, we'll go to the

scene of the anthrax scare in Florida.


Hey. Hey, Terry.

What do you want?

Well, I-I...

I wanted to talk

to you and Grey

about them building that

subdivision back there?

- Yeah?

- He's so, um...

He's so damned set

against it,

he hasn't even heard

the proposal.

Grey doesn't

live here anymore, Denny.

He doesn't exist.

Go away.

Officials tell us

that they are worried

about how to manage the fragile US-led

coalition in the days ahead,

but the facts

are already evident

from south Asia, to Africa,

to the Middle East.

Worldwide, thousands

of angry demonstrators

are taking to the streets

to protest US military...

The least he could have done

was taken this stupid jock with him.

There have been plenty

of protests in the world.

And I suspect...


What... what...

what do you mean,

"He doesn't exist"?


Are you stoned?

- Yeah.

- Oh... Jesus.

What do you...

what do you mean,

"He... he doesn't exist"?

He's been messing around

with his assistant.

Go talk about it

on the radio.

No, I'm... I'm...

no, I'm-I'm... I'm-I'm be...

I'm being serious.

I need... I need to talk to him.


He left me.

- He left you?

- Mm. For Danken Shane

or whatever his

secretary's name is,

so Denny you can go ahead

and build your...

damn subdivision

back there...

I don't know,

whatever it is you want.

It was him who had

the problem with it, not me, okay?

- He left you?

- Yes.

- Really?

- Yeah.

Hey, I'm sorry,


You know, go ahead and build

your houses back there, Denny.

- He's gone. He won't stop...

- They're not my houses.

They're not.

I'm just, um...

I'm just the front man,

you know,

wave the

World Series ring.

They get the sales,

I'm getting a free lot out of it.

Ooh, a free lot.

- Hmm.

- It's something Shep set up.

He really left?


This is... true?


Hey, come on.

Just go away.

Hey. Well... ah... look,

let me come in.

Come on, if yo...

if you don't want,

I won't talk. I'll just sit there

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Mike Binder

Mike Binder (born June 2, 1958) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. more…

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