In The Upside of Anger (15)

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In The Upside of Anger (118 mins, 15), Joan Allen and her four artsy daughters are abandoned by her husband, so she consoles herself with a lake of vodka and the company of Kevin Costner's similarly sozzled baseball veteran. Much like Terms of Endearment and American Beauty, it's a comedy melodrama about dysfunctional families, and although it's got some barbed lines, it's also got three years' worth of illnesses, weddings and funerals, and several of those horrible scenes which are sad until someone someone bursts out laughing for no apparent reason, and everyone else joins in.

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