The Anniversary Party
Drama, Romance, Comedy
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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Cumming
Jane Adams as Clair Forsyth
Greta Kline as Evie Gold
Steven Freedman as Yoga Instructor
Phoebe Cates as Sophia Gold
Mina Badie as Monica Rose
Owen Kline as Jack Gold
Alan Cumming as Joe Therrian
Parker Posey as Judy Adams
John Benjamin Hickey as Jerry Adams
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Sally Therrian
Denis O'Hare as Ryan Rose
Kevin Kline as Cal Gold
Storyline: Celebrity couple Joe and Sally Therrian are going through yet another rough stage in their six-year marriage: while Joe's novels have been climbing higher and higher on the best-seller lists, Sally's film career has been steadily sinking into oblivion. Joe's been given the rights to cast and direct the screenplay of his latest book, but rather than resurrect Sally's career by casting her in the lead role, he's given it to Sally's rival, Skye Davidson. Even worse, he's invited Skye to their anniversary bash. Will the marriage, or anything else for that matter, survive the party?
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A contempo WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Hollywood style, and with enough humor and balance to make it a winner.
Surprisingly incisive view of Hollywood relationships centering on a couple's anniversary reunion after a brief but bitter separation. While the neuroses are less than subtlely developed, it all comes to a marvelously brittle head that openmindedly delivers on the couple's central dilemma. Mean-spirited fun.
Contemporary, great acting, and a little too dramatic
I like two of the actresses very much so I might be biased. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Parker Posey are two of my favorites. Plus Parker had some topless moments. So that aside I will say this movie is worth watching if you don't mind an over done LA type of drama. It was well acted but the story line is very much been there done that type of theme. And I think there are times when the movies drags and doesn't flow as well as it could. If you are not too bored with this LA type of drama then it might be worth watching. If you like Parker Posey and Jennifer Jason Leigh as much as I do then it is a must see.
How bad was this movie?
How bad was this movie? I tend to like chick flicks, especially comedies. This one wasn't that much of a comedy and may not have been primarily a chick flick. On the other hand, I don't like action movies with shooting and explosions unless they are comedies. For the two hours before this movie began, I was watching a dramatic film (few laughs) about a soldier going undercover to expose a colonel's demented form of justice. I liked that one better than this one.

What positive things can I say about this movie? If I was going to write a user comment, the summary was going to be "At least the music was good". That was only true until about 4:30. The movie started at 4 and lasted until 6, and after 4:30 I heard only two songs I liked, one in the closing credits. Most of the music before 4:30 was big-band style jazz, or something related. I really enjoyed it.

I suppose the friends reading poems and singing bad songs (the singers weren't great either) to honor the hosts was pleasant enough.

I did like Skye. No wonder, it was Gwynyth Paltrow!

Other than what I have said, I just found the whole thing unpleasant. For those who enjoy poetry and acoustic guitar accompanying meaningful lyrics at coffeehouses, and those who truly appreciate Woody Allen, and those who like independent films, and those who actually enjoy subtitles, I believe this might be a worthwhile movie. It seemed to have quality writing and acting, and of course lots of big-name actors, none of whom I would know just by seeing them. I didn't even know until five minutes ago that Gwynyth Paltrow was in it!

This film just wasn't for me.
A wonderfully messy experience
Glamorous lives in utter shambles feeding our depraved hunger for tragic Hollywood beautiful people.

We hate the people who this movie represents. We snicker in contempt at their shallow troubles and whiney personas and wish them utter collapse off of the mountains that they search or to drwon in the cesspool that they leisurely swim and play in.

It is only in the end with the cleansing by the maids and the return of Otis that we realize our happiness that their lives are not utterly bleak. For though we all know that Hollywood is a false fronted world, we are drawn to its illusions nonetheless.
If you like Robert Altman films...
If you like Robert Altman films, you should take a look at this film. It's much like an Altman film, with its use of naturalistic dialogue, subtle humor, and a wide spectrum of characters which feel like real people, in simple, believable situations. But it's tidier than an Altman film. It still could use a little trimming, I think, but in general it doesn't have as many rough edges as a film like "A Wedding".

Here's an excerpt from Roger Ebert's review, which could very well be a comment about an Altman movie: "The appeal of the film is largely voyeuristic. We learn nothing we don't already more or less know, but the material is covered with such authenticity and unforced natural conviction that it plays like a privileged glimpse into the sad lives of the rich and famous. We're like the neighbors who are invited. Leigh and Cumming co-wrote and co-directed, and are confident professionals who don't indulge their material or themselves. This isn't a confessional home movie, but a cool and intelligent look at a lifestyle where smart people are required to lead their lives according to dumb rules."
A Voyeur's Delight
"The Anniversary Party" provides you with the perfect opportunity to watch the kind of party you'd want to be invited to, but not necessarily attend.

This was a great film with numerous funny, dramatic, awkward, and stressful moments. It embraced many universal points of conflict in relationships--be it with a spouse, a neighbor, a boss, a co-worker--and allowed you, as a viewer, to watch all of the varying (and often hilarious) perspectives. And then it showed you all of those same perspectives on ecstasy.

The film maintains a large cast of talented people and uses them well. I found myself doubled over in laughter for at least half of the movie--Alan "Uppin" Cumming, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Adams, Parker Posey, John Benjamin Hickey, John C. Reilly, Michael Panes, and the entire Cates-Kline family gave a lot of comedy to their characters, complimenting the difficult and trying moments that were weaved throughout the film.

It was shocking to see the number of negative reviews in this index. I think if you are between the ages of 25-49, it would be hard not to relate to the social satire that is portrayed brilliantly in this film. It is thoroughly enjoyable.****
Lack of drama
While enjoyable, and entertaining, I feel this movie relied too much on breadth so that one wonders what is happening in the movie because so much is. The narrative thread is the relationship of the lead couple. The work of Alan Cumming and JJ Leigh is interesting to watch. However it is a bit scattered. A bit too much true to life, ala my best friend Phoebe Cates, and the lines delivered - are they scripted or ad lib and does it matter? Yes, because the audience wants to know where you are taking us with this. Too many beautiful people with their poor, poor problems. They are nervous, lose their dogs, etc. All in all, it lacked something and I'm not sure what it is. But it's worth a look.
Better than Pearl Harbor
This movie was better than Pearl Harbor, but that's about the best that can be said for it. It is moderately entertaining with a few interesting scenes. But it is ultimately overly self-indulgent and empty (who really could care about these characters), and cannot sustain the occasional humor that may have overcome its significant flaws. You can do worse than this among the summer movies that are out right now, but you can do much better at Blockbuster.
Yes. No. Maybe-So.
As a whole the movie was well made. However, I never have been, am not, and never will be a fan of Jennifer Jason Leigh. I'll avoid ranting about her though, and instead turn to the good points of the movie. Co-written, co-produced, and co-directed with Alan Cumming, "The Anniversary Party" has very nice technical merit. The storyline as a whole is the only significant problem I have with the movie. It is (more or less) the events that take place during an anniversary party consisting of important people of the entertainment world. Of course this variation of people does lead to a get-together that deviates from what one would expect from the average party. Nevertheless, an anniversary party is still just that, meaning charades and sing-a-longs are only amusing for however long one can tolerate them. I wouldn't recommend this movie to those who watch a movie for the story aspect (as many do). Instead, I'd recommend it to those who can recognize the artistic potential non-blockbuster have to offer.
I find this film really dull. The first half of the film was a test of endurance. Really. It was plain get-to-know-each-other talk, there was really no story. The only scene watchable was the scene where Cumming & Jason-Leigh argued. That was the only good scene that made me feel worth my time.
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