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The Anniversary Party 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. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

  • Release date:June 8, 2001


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Alan Cumming Best First Feature 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Alan Cumming Best First Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jennifer Jason Leigh Best First Feature 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jennifer Jason Leigh Best First Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards John C. Reilly Best Supporting Actor 2001 Nominee


Alan Cumming
as Joe Therrian
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Sally Therrian
Jane Adams
as Clair Forsyth
Mina Badie
as Monica Rose
Jennifer Beals
as Gina Taylor
Phoebe Cates
as Sophia Gold
John Benjamin Hickey
as Jerry Adams
Kevin Kline
as Cal Gold
Denis O'Hare
as Ryan Rose
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Skye Davidson
Parker Posey
as Judy Adams
John C. Reilly
as Mac Forsyth
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Mary-Lynn
Michael Panes
as Levi Panes


Alan Cumming
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Joanne Sellar
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
Jennifer Jason Leigh
John Bailey
Robin Urdang
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Penn
Composer (Music Score)
Carol Littleton
Lila Yacoub
Associate Producer
Andrew Hurwitz
Executive Producer
David MacMillan
Sound/Sound Designer
William Paul Clark
First Assistant Director