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The Anniversary Party
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The film itself has little movement; it is rather a train of vignettes, or sketches, about the one day in the life of Hollywood celebrities, and the characters are often unmemorable. But what is most lamentable is that the film seems to wallow in showing wild behaviors of Hollywood celebrities -- like drug use or nudity in the swimming pool -- but we know these thing well, probably as well as Cumming or Leigh. It is the time of the Internet and media, and the tabloids are always there to supply the gossips about Hollywood. And this crazy practice has been kept since the time of silent films, so why should we see another example here unless it is connected with deeper meaning about life in general, which we can relate to?
However, the film offers another way of enjoying it, and that's this. For example, Leigh plays Sally, an actress whose career is, she knows, going downward, and she just experienced a short period of separation with her hubby Joe (Cumming). Now Joe is going to direct a movie, but he doesn't choose his wife as the lead; instead, he cast a newcomer Davidson (Gwyneth Paltrow), good-natured but slightly irritating, unconscious of the pain Sally is suffering.Read more ›
Unlike most people, I do see a plot here. The story is about Sally and Joe's marriage, and whether it can survive. It's apparent from the beginning that whatever they may think, the marriage isn't likely to last. For one thing, Joe isn't really committed--he's distracted by anyone "intoxicating" or new who floats by. And Sally knows she is on shaky ground, an "aging" actress in a town full of young ones. I felt for her, though I'm no actress. My connection to her character is what made the movie work for me.
The view into Hollywood was revealing: All the women are in some kind of pain, while the men, whether nasty or nice, are happy with themselves. Sad but not surprising.
Other situations I felt were universal. Who *hasn't* known someone married to the wrong person, trying to make it work? Willing to save the marriage with a baby, if that's what it takes, even if the partner isn't good father/mother material? Or a self-punishing working mother, or a full time mom who doesn't enjoy it as much as she pretends, or makes it too much of an identity? Who can't imagine being on either side of the neighbor/dog issue? Or hitting a career slump?
I admit it's a bit more fun to see these life issues wrapped up with a bit of Hollywood glamour: a lovely home, famous artist friends, with movie stardom and Oscars part of the background.
The movie has a fairly interesting commentary on drug use and addiction running through it as well. Of course there is the obvious issue of the Ecstacy use at the party.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
this is about Cumming and Leigh(also directed the movie) and they throw a party and when everyone gets settled in and having a good time in downward spirals into a dramatic... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by Michael Bolts
I am always sceptical of movies written by actors about actors. These movies usaully end up being self congratulatory and too stylish. Read morePublished on July 16 2002 by sebastian hope
Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh did an awesome job at directing and acting in this film. It's a simple story with a complex character dynamic- and the cast nailed it, making... Read morePublished on July 15 2002 by khep
So, One day I rent this movie because I had see some a article on it and I was really board, so I thoug way not. but on my god, I fell love with this story. Read morePublished on May 20 2002
Hubby and I unite on this one, calling it the worst movie we've seen all year, or in the bottom 3 films. What is it about? Read morePublished on May 8 2002 by carol irvin
This is definitely more interesting than a lot of the mass-market Hollywood pap that makes it into multiplexes, but that's not saying a whole lot. Read morePublished on May 5 2002
Jennifer Jason Leigh (Fast Times at Ridgemont High's Stacy!) is still gorgeous, Alan Cumming is charming. They invite their friends to make a movie about them all having a party. Read morePublished on April 21 2002 by Reginald H. Henderson
"The Anniversary Party" was full of big-headed Hollywood actors and it was not worth my time. I couldn't stand the characters, who were all neurotic and psycho. Read morePublished on April 8 2002 by sbphreak