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It's the Rage (2000)

Joan Allen , Jeff Daniels , James D. Stern  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Robert Forster, Andre Braugher, Gary Sinise
  • Directors: James D. Stern
  • Writers: Keith Reddin
  • Producers: Abbie Phillips, Adam Del Deo, Anne McCarthy, Ash R. Shah, Christopher Ball
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TWZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When everyone's armed and dangerous, one wrong move can get you killed. Enter into the world of seven strangers - each of whom find their lives changed when their fates collide at gunpoint. Helen (Joan Allen) and Warren (Jeff Daniels) Harding are an affluent couple on the brink of divorce. Their separation causes their lives to intersect with eclectic and tormented individuals including a paranoid computer mogul (Gary Sinise), an adulterous lawyer (André Braugher), a disillusioned cop (Robert Forster), a jilted lover (David Schwimmer), a video store manager (Josh Brolin), a street urchin (Anna Paquin) and her schizophrenic brother (Giovanni Ribisi). Through a series of coincidences, this unpredictable story touches the lives of each of those strangers, lovers and acquaintances and examines the anger within us all.

No, it's the cast. A homeowner (Jeff Daniels) shoots an intruder, who turns out to be his business partner. A police officer (Robert Forster) suspects a setup. His wife (Joan Allen), who didn't know they even had a gun in the house, she gets a job with a reclusive computer billionaire (Gary Sinise). The billionaire's former assistant (Josh Brolin) has left the company to work in the movies, and he falls for a street waif (Anna Paquin). Daniels's lawyer (André Braugher), who is gay, also falls for the waif, much to the chagrin of his unstable partner (David Schwimmer) as well as the waif's unstable brother (Giovanni Ribisi). Based on a play by Chicago playwright Keith Reddin (who also wrote the screenplay) and directed by theater director turned first-time movie director James D. Stern, It's the Rage never transcends its theatrical roots. Instead of a character type, each person in the story represents a different (but equally shallow) facet of rage. It's all just an elaborate setup to preach about gun control and how our society is increasingly a society of rage. What the world needs, the movie is saying, is a little more self- control and understanding. Obviously, what it also needs is a better use of such a talented cast. --Andy Spletzer

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Nine people are somehow brought together by rage. Whether they are victims or the cause of rage, all of their lives are deeply touched by it. The way all of the characters can connect is very similar to Boogie Night's writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's style of filmmaking. Even though the movie's classified as a drama, it is quite humorous. James D. Stern has made the sad events in the film seem hilarious. Much like Welcome To The Dollhouse and Happiness's writer/director Todd Solondz, Stern has glorified depression. Whether the characters are having ethical problems or they're just plain nuts, we find ourselves chuckling at their misfortune. The "moral" of the movie, being that guns are bad, sucessfully comes across without being preachy. So overall, this movie is excellent. It's honestly one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is the rage! August 19, 2000
This movie just proves how talented Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Paquin are. If you see no other part of this very funny movie see the part when Giovanni is at the shooting range and is it just me or did Anna look super hot(as always).
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's the Rage hits my funny bone! June 20, 2010
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Watching this movie, I remember having seen it years ago. I really enjoyed it, this time, and probably back then, too. I don't know what there is about it that hit me in just the right way, but I thought it was nicely acted and directed, and well edited.
I think that this movie's success in the European festivals and lack of success in the US wide market indicates the subtlety of the story line and acting. It was really funny seeing Gary Sinise as the zany (no, actually, out of his mind) character Mr. Morgan, SO opposite the held-in, self-constrained Mac Taylor on CSI:NY! I think given the character scripted, he did a great job portraying him. Giovanni Ribisi is excellent in his role as the meth-adicted brother to Anna Paquin. The scene in the shooting gallery really had me laughing. Joan Allen, of Steppenwolf fame, is marvelous with the way she plays on her husband's (played by Jeff Daniels) insecurities, who himself plays a clueless, cold bad guy, a suburban psychopath. Andre Braugher (Homicide, House) and David Schwimmer (Friends) make a credible couple.
The problem with the film is the script. I believe the story is witty, funny, and to focus on the banality of circumstance, not a morality lecture about the evils of handguns--that just happens to be the "messenger" for this tale. The script falters and tries to make the story EITHER a comedy, OR a parody OR a morality play about the evil of guns. The script tries to make you think that this film has a genre other than comedy. But, if you just roll with it, you will laugh, snort, and eventually get some point about firearms in the possession of unbalanced people (probably a large percent of the general population).
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4.0 out of 5 stars I HAVE A GUN... SO DO I... ME TOO... January 9, 2006
I think the film got a little problem - it has hard time establishing itself in a genre. On one hand it's satirical and funny story but seems that it has too much morality about it. On the other hand, if it's a morality tale, it's not as serious as a morality tale should be.

Here we have a bunch of characters whose paths intersect chaotically: Warren - an extremely jealous husband, Annabel - a girl mad about money, Sidney - her junkie brother, Chris - an inhibited and sedated homosexual, Morgan - eccentric computer genius. All they have in common - are handguns, these people can't imagine themselves without weapons. Well, and the fact that they all are a bit crazy. And I guess that was one of the messages of the movie - all people are weirdos of their own kind, and it's irresponsible to let them have guns, because a situation may occur when they won't be able to restrain their emotions. And such situations eventually happen in this picture as you can guess. Its moral - guns are evil - is shown to us in every possible way although rather light-hearted and humoristic. Therefore not very convincing.

But if to take "It's the Rage" as a comedy, it works just fine. There's a lot of hilarious moments, and the episode with Giovanni Ribisi's character in a shooting range ("Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me?! Well, there's nobody else here, so you must be talking to me!") is one of the funniest I've seen lately. Besides brilliant Ribisi there are many excellent actors here: Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Robert Forster, Anna Paquin, David Schwimmer, Josh Brolin and Gary Sinise. They all are a solid reason to watch the movie.
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I am a huge Gary Sinise fan which is the only reason I bought this movie. His part was not the best I've seen him play, but was by far the best of the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Humor Magnifique February 11, 2013
I thought this movie was pretty hilarious. I suppose it's in the same genre as It's a Complex World. It simmers with anger and expresses it through an absurdist humor, but it does so in a civilized way and is never offensive, and never ever shows any violence for its own sake. It is edgy and SO well done. Unlike the much more amateurish Complex World, the characters here are incredibly well-drawn, well-directed, and well-acted. I found the absurdity just perfect...seriously, David Schwimmer as a somber, borderline-sulky gay apartment-pet...pretty damned funny.

If you are in touch with your inner hostile self, you may well find this a deft and clever film. If you are, however, one of those people who lacks hostile tendencies, please avoid this, as you will find it completely annoying and irrelevant. (Until, that is, that one day when you finally crack, and all the bad stuff comes spilling out....)
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