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Happiness (1998) Movie Information

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Todd Solondz


Dylan Baker
Jane Adams
Jon Lovitz
Lara Flynn Boyle
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Camryn Manheim





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Follows three middle-class families lives as they go through the struggles of sex, acceptance and the general pursuit of happiness.

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Daniel Corleone 11/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A film depending on your taste. Lacks the appropriate character build-up to make the figures likable Despite the flawed individuals in which portrayed well by the artists, the direction and pace for this reviewers taste is different from the rest of the raters. Not a single scenes was funny and the soundtrack was uninviting. Dull, dark, unfunny though well acted. Happiness is a story of three families with certain pleasures with various struggles. With these themes, other films have been more entertaining than this dreary film. It lost this critics interest before it ended, which is a rarity.

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Moviehead 04/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It was interesting all the time but it didn't became what it could. Not great.

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PsychoKing1227 02/17/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This film was BRILLIANT! What an achievement of experimental story-telling, pressing buttons and pushing envelopes to every degree of discussion, shock, and hilarity. These small vignettes poignantly string together the world's most obscure people who seem to be all around us: the closeted sex maniac who calls women for the thrills, the control-freak whose life is all it should be (or so she would like everyone to believe), the insecure psychiatrist who dreams of having sex with children, and the fat lady who wants love but not the love some men want to give her. These are few of the stories interlacing this bizaare hapless drama, but they are all worth watching and understanding.

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Snoogans 12/10/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This ensemble drama/comedy is rooted deep in the psyche of some truly troubled characters . Writer/director Solondz mixes the multiple stories of these "sick" individuals in a cohesive and uncompromising way. I laughed at times and felt bad at others. There was an uncanny balance to the emotions I felt while watching. It also has one of the funniest and most memorable movie endings that I can recall.

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Chris Kavan 01/15/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is a movie that will make you squirm, avert your eyes, cringe and at points leave your jaw on the floor. The subject matter can be, well, subject, but the talent involved makes it work, not matter how reprehensible it gets.

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04/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Happiness" by Yojimbo

A collection of loosely connected suburbanites come come to terms with their own flaws and failings in their quest for elusive "happiness". Todd Solondz's tragi-comedy no doubt met with shock and outrage from the moral majority and it is hard not to suspect that he was deliberately baiting the religious right with material that is so close to the knuckle. These characters suffer rejection, isolation, insecurity and sexual frustration at the hands of their peers and even when handed their fantasies, the result is nothing less than crushing disappointment. His attitude appears to be that social awkwardness begins at the age of 11 and continues into old age and we all seem utterly powerless to do anything about it; we're born, we're miserable and we die. A lot of us will find it hard to disa...

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