Overall Rank: 3538
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 21
Theatrical Release Date: 01/25/2002
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Todd Solondz
Actors: Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick, Robert Wisdom, Paul Giamatti, Mark Webber, John Goodman
Plot: A story of a high-school couple and a dysfunctional Livingston family. Somebody creates a documentary on modern suburban living. Morals and values play a huge part.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/17/2019
As bold, shocking, and divisive as any of Solondz's films.
Snoogans - wrote on 08/05/2011
I found this to be the most out-right funny of Solondz's films. It's still comically dark and thought provoking, but probably more accessible to those not familiar with his work.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 07/09/2011
An uncomfortable film that manages to probe at everyday people seemingly coming apart at the edges. Directed in a very direct manner that manages to strike a fascinating balance between black comedy and melancholy drama.
Full Movie Reviews
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 05/30/2012
A film which is somewhat similar to American Beauty, with less humor. Vi (Selma Blair) has problems with her boyfriend, who has cerebral palsey, Marcus (Leo Fitzpatrick). Mr. Scott (Robert Wisdom) meets Vi in a bar and has an affair. Marty’s son is troubled while Toby Oxman (Paul Giamatti) creates a documentary on suburban lifestyles. Toby approaches Marty’s (John Goodman) family. A troubled Scooby Livingston (Mark Webber) is forced to take the SAT’s. Screenplay was exceptional such as quotes from Marty Livingston - "Life's...not...fair!” “Stop trying to impose YOUR misery on everybody else. "Oh, life is bad. Life is horrible." Life is tough on you, well, boo-hoo.” Mikey – “People who are bad should be killed.” Storytelling is a brilliantly directed film about …
Amyaronson - wrote on 07/18/2011
I saw Solondz's "Happiness" maybe 4 years ago, and it became one of my favorite movies. It's so wrong it's right. So outlandish it's true. So dark it's funny. The character development in his films are fantastic (take that, Inception), and every time you laugh, you feel bad about yourself. Maybe you feel better about yourself because these characters are so fucked up, thus making you not that fucked up. Maybe we're laughing out of superiority. Maybe you don't think this shit is funny--just sick. Maybe you watch with horror while people like me are laughing. I mean, what else can you do when a little boy forces his underpaid, overworked Mexican nanny to clean up a juice spill moments after she receives news of her grandson's death? Or in the case of "Happiness", how do you deal with the …
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