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The Anniversary Party

Rated R for language, drug use and nudity.

R In Theaters 06/8/2001 , 115min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Jennifer Jason Leigh Nominated
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor John C. Reilly Nominated
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Alan Cumming Nominated
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Alan Cumming Nominated
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Jennifer Jason Leigh Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 National Board of Review Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking Won

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