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The Anniversary PartyIn The Anniversary Party, Joe (Alan Cumming) and Sally (Jennifer Jason Leigh) are a shakily married Hollywood couple celebrating their...The Anniversary PartyDramaPT115MRIn The Anniversary Party, Joe (Alan Cumming) and Sally (Jennifer Jason Leigh) are a shakily married Hollywood couple celebrating their...2002-02-08Jane AdamsMina BadieJennifer BealsPhoebe CatesJohn Benjamin HickeyKevin KlineDenis O'HareGwyneth PaltrowParker PoseyJohn C. ReillyBlair TefkinJane Adams, Mina Badie, Jennifer Beals, Phoebe Cates, John Benjamin Hickey, Kevin Kline, Denis O'Hare, Gwyneth Paltrow, Parker Posey, John C. Reilly, Blair TefkinFine Line Features
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The Anniversary Party

Genre: Drama; Starring: 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; Author: Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh; Producer (group): Fine Line Features, Ghoulardi Film Company; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season; Distributor: Fine Line Features

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+

Originally posted February 8 2002 — 12:00 AM EST

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