In this Dogma 95-inspired first feature for acclaimed performers Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming, the two star as Joe and Sally Therrian, a couple who have recently reconciled after a yearlong separation, and who decide to throw a sixth anniversary party in their honor. They invite a bevy of Hollywood types, including Skye Davidson (Gwyneth Paltrow), a young, beautiful, Ecstasy-pushing actress appointed to play a character based on
Sally in the new feature film based on Joe's successful novel. Also featured are Cal and Sophia Gold (played by real-life marrieds Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates), the former a co-star of Sally's and the latter her best friend who has given up the business to raise a family; Mac (John C. Reilly), the director of the new film and his actress wife Clair (Jane Adams), who has continued working after the recent birth of their child; Judy and Jerry Adams (Parker Posey and John Benjamin Hickey), the Therrians' managers; and Gina (Jennifer Beals), Joe's ex-girlfriend, who is often regarded as his first big love. Things are complicated when their contentious neighbors (Mina Badie and Denis O'Hare) make an appearance, and a mystery gift causes the event to unravel over the course of one long evening. The film was also written by Cumming and Leigh, another first for both actors.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Comedy,Drama
- Run Time: 115min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 06/08/2001
- DVD Release Date: 01/15/2002
- Distributor(s): Fine Line
Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
- Themes: Romantic Betrayal,Faltering Friendships,Party Film,Crumbling Marriages
- Tone: Moody,Cynical,Biting,Quirky,Humorous,Stylish,Talky
marriage-problems, anniversary, drugs, film-industry, marital-problems, mother, party, reconciliation
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (06-08-2001)
- Language: English