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The Anniversary Party

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Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, ...
The Anniversary Party: Peter Sorel

The Anniversary Party

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
115 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/08/01
performer:
Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jane Adams, Mina Badie, Jennifer Beals, Phoebe Cates, John Benjamin Hickey, Kevin Kline, Denis O'Hare, Gwyneth Paltrow, Parker Posey, John C. Reilly, Blair Tefkin
director:
Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Producers:
Fine Line Features, Ghoulardi Film Company
distributor:
Fine Line Features
author:
1582, 5952
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

In The Anniversary Party, Joe (Alan Cumming) and Sally (Jennifer Jason Leigh) are a shakily married Hollywood couple celebrating their sixth anniversary with a party full of high-maintenance friends, neighbors, colleagues, and ex-lovers. The gathering starts out tense and awkward, then emotions turn increasingly naked and raw, as a stellar ensemble (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline, and Parker Posey) probes the neuroses and agendas of some dozen self-absorbed people. Cumming and Leigh, who wrote and directed Party together, make a surprisingly effective first-time filmmaking team: Their comedy of modern Tinseltown manners is glancingly witty, sneakily sardonic, and, finally, hauntingly sad. B+

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