The Upside of Anger (15) <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->

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Joan Allen plays a housewife in an upscale Detroit suburb deserted by her husband and having to deal with four rebellious daughters and the attentions of a washed-up ex-baseball star neighbour. Kevin Costner, in paunchy, easy-going form, is more appealing than usual, and a good foil to Allen - as always, tightly strung as a violin. Binder makes up for gaping deficiencies in script and direction with his supporting performance as Costner's creepy workmate. The final twist is misjudged, and it doesn't cohere at any level; but some funny moments.

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