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Happiness -- Three middle-class New Jersey sisters all have their problems with their families and sex lives.

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16 October 1998 (USA) See more »
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The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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Well drawn and depressing – a difficult watch but a worthwhile one See more (495 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Adams ... Joy Jordan

Jon Lovitz ... Andy Kornbluth

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Allen

Dylan Baker ... Bill Maplewood

Lara Flynn Boyle ... Helen Jordan
Justin Elvin ... Timmy Maplewood

Cynthia Stevenson ... Trish Maplewood
Lila Glantzman-Leib ... Chloe Maplewood

Gerry Becker ... Psychiatrist
Rufus Read ... Billy Maplewood

Louise Lasser ... Mona Jordan

Ben Gazzara ... Lenny Jordan

Camryn Manheim ... Kristina

Arthur J. Nascarella ... Detective Berman

Molly Shannon ... Nancy

Ann Harada ... Kay

Douglas McGrath ... Tom
Eric Marcus ... Courteous Waiter (as Dr. Eric Marcus)
Eytan Mirsky ... Angry Picketer
Lisa Louise Langford ... Radical Picketer
Anne Bobby ... Rhonda

Socorro Santiago ... Crying Teacher
Allison Furman ... Consoling Teacher

Wai Ching Ho ... Student #1
Bina Sharif ... Student #2
Tsepo Mokone ... Student #3

Jared Harris ... Vlad

Dan Moran ... Joe Grasso
Evan Silverberg ... Johnny Grasso

Marla Maples ... Ann Chambeau
Hope Pomerance ... Hysterical Woman

Matt Malloy ... Doctor

Elizabeth Ashley ... Diane Freed
Dan Tedlie ... Don
Marina Gayzidorskaya ... Zhenia (as Marina Gaizidorskia)
Johann Carlo ... Betty Grasso

Joe Lisi ... Police Detective
José Rabelo ... Pedro
Diane Tyler ... Janet
Olga Stepanova ... Zhenia's Mother

Directed by
Todd Solondz 
 
Writing credits
Todd Solondz (written by)

Produced by
Ted Hope .... producer
Pamela Koffler .... line producer
David Linde .... executive producer
James Schamus .... executive producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robbie Kondor 
 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Oxman 
 
Casting by
Ann Goulder 
 
Production Design by
Thérèse DePrez 
 
Art Direction by
John Bruce 
 
Set Decoration by
Nick Evans 
 
Costume Design by
Kathryn Nixon 
 
Makeup Department
Cyndi Boyar .... additional hair stylist: Florida
Cyndi Boyar .... additional makeup artist: Florida
Nicki Ledermann .... key makeup artist
Kerrie R. Plant .... additional hair stylist
Kerrie R. Plant .... additional makeup artist
Gianna Sparacino .... hair designer
Dina Sliwak .... additional makeup artist as dina sliwiak (uncredited )
 
Production Management
Ross Katz .... post-production supervisor
Elayne Keratsis .... unit production manager: Florida unit
Eva Kolodner .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lucia Burns .... second second assistant director
Cindy Craig .... second assistant director
Jude Gorjanc .... first assistant director
John G. Karliss .... second second assistant director: Florida
Alan Oxman .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Joshua Barraud .... additional props
Catherine Bayley .... art intern
Nicole Boesch .... art intern
Brian Buteau .... lead set dresser
Margaret Pine Chabowski .... assistant art department coordinator
Andromache Chalfant .... assistant set decorator
Robert de Mar .... carpenter
Matt Duncan .... assistant property master
Makiko Endo .... art intern
Hector M. Gonzalez .... property master: Florida (as Héctor M. González)
Anton Graham .... set dresser
Denise J. Grillo .... additional set dresser
Caroline Handel .... graphic artist
Michael N. Horan .... additional set dresser
Zachary Jasie .... additional set dresser
Chad Johnson .... carpenter
Sara Kugelmass .... assistant set decorator
Joseph Logan .... additional set dresser
Melissa P. Lohman .... additional set dresser
Sam McConnell .... art intern
Stuart Montgomery .... property master
Mike Morrison .... graphic artist
Jutta Osthues .... additional props
Allison Shigo .... art intern
John M. Souto .... assistant art director
Richard Tedesco .... assistant property master
Aaron Ali Tichenor .... additional set dresser
Cory A. Vincent .... assistant props: Florida
Miyuki Yoshihara .... art intern
 
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Neil Danziger .... production sound mixer
Tom Efinger .... supervising sound editor
Curt Finale Hines .... additional boom operator (as Curt Hines)
Jonah Lawrence .... sound designer
Nicholas Montgomery .... foley artist
Betsy Nagler .... additional boom operator
Jaime Reyes .... additional boom operator
Tony V. Stevens .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Eric Toline .... additional boom operator
Eric Toline .... boom operator: Florida
Damian Volpe .... sound designer
Jessica Wing .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Alger .... best boy electric: Florida unit
Joe Arcidiacono .... camera crane operator
Dayvon Baldwin .... fourth grip
Mia Barker .... additional assistant camera
Gus Bechini .... additional electrician
Matt Blades .... additional grip
Bart Blaise .... additional assistant camera
Eric Boncher .... additional electrician
Shaw Hawkins Burrows .... key grip: Florida unit
Gregory Cahill .... best boy grip
Elizabeth Casinelli .... additional electrician (as Libby Casinelli)
Joel Catalano .... grip: Florida unit
Nicolas L. Charuet .... additional grip
Christina Conroy .... additional electrician
Nicole Corre .... additional electrician
Moira Demos .... additional electrician
John Dodgin .... additional electrician
Tom Downey .... additional assistant camera
Jacques H. Durand .... additional grip
Johnny Erbes-Chan .... additional grip
Matthew W. Flannery .... second assistant camera
Joe Foley .... key grip
Raphael Frank .... best boy electric (as Raphie Frank)
Daryl Furr .... third grip
Henny Garunkel .... still photographer
David Dylan Gorn .... additional grip
Raphaelle Gosse-Gardet .... additional electrician
Christopher B. Green .... first assistant camera
David Harges .... additional grip
Nate Havens .... camera production assistant
Nicole Hernandez .... additional electrician
Curt A. Jentsch .... third electrician
David Kaufmann .... additional grip
Alex Kayne .... electrician: Florida unit
Caroline Kazlas .... camera intern
Stephen Kazmierski .... additional photographer
Wolfgang Koslow .... additional electrician
Jonathan Kovel .... additional grip
Tony Krouse .... electrician: Florida unit
Seth F. McAllister .... additional electrician
Guy Morgan .... additional grip
Michael D. North .... grip: Florida unit
Alexa D. O'Brien .... fourth electric
Larry Orvieto .... additional grip
Toshiaki Ozawa .... gaffer
Marcelo Panizza .... additional second assistant camera: Florida
Storn Peterson .... director of photography: second unit
Kate Phelan .... additional electrician
Lance E. Phox .... additional electrician
Steve Ramsey .... additional electrician
Edward Read .... additional grip
Danya Reich .... additional assistant camera
Antonio Rossi .... first assistant camera
August M. Smarra .... electrician: Florida unit
Adam Snyder .... additional grip
Melissa Soltis .... additional assistant camera
Atsushi Takaoka .... additional electrician
John Tanzer .... additional electrician
James Thorne .... additional electrician
John Unger .... best boy grip: Florida
Jonathan Weaver .... first assistant camera
Robert E. White .... second assistant camera: Florida unit
Angela Whitesell .... additional electrician
 
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting: children, Los Angeles
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting
Rebecca L. Murray .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalya V. Aikens .... assistant costume designer (as Natalya V. Khorover)
Kristy Aitken Hernandez .... wardrobe supervisor: Florida (as Kristy Aitken-Hernandez)
Pamela Kezal .... wardrobe supervisor
Lynn True .... wardrobe assistant
Oliver Wolf Wehner .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Sean Campbell .... second assistant editor
Charlene Hamer .... first assistant editor
Youna Kwak .... apprentice editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Shelby Siegel .... assistant conforming editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sam Burtis .... musician: trombone
Dominic Cortese .... musician: accordion
David Diggs .... musician: english horn/oboe
Frank Egan .... assistant music editor
Michael Fumento .... musician: drums, "Happiness"
Erin Futterman .... assistant to music supervisor
Victoria Gross .... music recording engineer
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Robbie Kondor .... score producer/musician: keyboards and pennywhistle
Matthew 'Boomer' La Monica .... music mixing engineer
Richard Locker .... musician: cello
Robert J. Magnuson .... musician: english horn/oboe
Bob Montero .... music production coordinator
Michael Nordberg .... musician: bass, "Happiness"
Sean O'Neal .... musician: keyboards, "Happiness"
Sandra Park .... musician: violin
Mary Rowell .... musician: violin
Larry Saltzman .... musician: guitar and tiple, "Happiness"
Ira Siegel .... musician: guitar
Pamela Sklar .... musician: flute
David Spinozza .... musician: guitar
Roger Squitero .... musician: percussion
Jamey Staub .... music mixer: "Happiness"
Blake Suib .... music Recordist: "Happiness"
Danny Wilensky .... musician: sax & flute
Sharon Yamada .... musician: violin
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Henry S. Avelin .... transportation captain
Thomas Colavito .... driver
Thomas Crehan .... driver
Roy Fortier .... driver
Gus Hein .... driver: special equipment
Steven Menasian .... driver
 
Other crew
Ethan Adelman .... cartoonist
Marco Ajello .... additional production assistant
Monique Alderman .... production assistant: Florida unit
Fabio M. Arber .... location manager: Florida unit
Anna Beckman .... cartoonist
Anna Beckman .... office intern
Nadia Benamara .... accounting intern
David Best .... parking production assistant
Susan H. Bodine .... legal services
Richard R. Boudreau .... office intern
Mark Boulos .... office intern
René Brar .... office intern
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services
Stephen Carr .... location assistant
Shannon Causey .... location scout (as Shannon Bowen)
Lee Chabowski .... Helen's poetry
Cory Chew .... completion bond
Myfa Cirinna .... payroll services
Jeremiah Clancy .... production assistant
Alexander Cohen .... additional location assistant
Chris Collins .... additional location assistant
Lisa Collomb .... production assistant: Florida unit
Chloe Conroy .... location coordinator
Ryan Cooke .... additional production assistant
Barbara Cordoves .... production assistant: Florida unit
Justin Crabill .... remote technician
Michael Dallas .... location scout
Debora Degnan O'Neill .... additional production assistant (as Debora Degnan)
Ged Dickersin .... location scout
Kate Eales .... assistant film conformist
Elliot Earle .... craft service: Florida unit
Kent Ehrhardt .... weather report
Kimberly N. Fajen .... production office coordinator
Andrew Federman .... location assistant
Ramsey Fong .... key office production assistant
Lyle Gamm .... graphics coordinator
Nicholas Gansner .... additional production assistant
Alessandro Garuzzo .... office intern
Kelsey J. Geisler .... production assistant
Esther Gould .... office intern
Justine Halliday .... assistant film conformist
Benjamin Harris .... cartoonist
Dean Haspiel .... cartoonist
Gretchen Hatz .... production assistant
Marcee Healy .... production assistant
Matthew Herrick .... cartoonist
Anne-Marie Hess .... office intern
Jeff Hill .... unit publicist
Joyce Hsieh .... production accountant
Jason Tavis Jeffries .... office intern
Brian Johnson .... production assistant: Florida unit
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator
William Johnson .... parking production assistant
George Jones .... parking production assistant
Amanda Katz .... office intern
Charlie Kleinman .... office intern
Elizabeth Klenk .... location scout
Timothy M. Koenig .... security officer
Zhenia Kozlov .... consultant: Russia
Tina Kronis .... production assistant: Florida unit
Brent Lagerman .... additional production assistant
Ben Lauter .... product placement coordinator
Gary Leib .... cartoonist
John Limotte .... legal services
Brenda M. Long .... production assistant: Florida unit
Jeremy Mack .... additional production assistant (as Jeremy 'Bruiser' Mack)
Jonathan McGrath .... additional production assistant
Alan McIntyre Smith .... craft service (as Alan Smith)
Michael Meere .... assistant production accountant
Nathaniel Mendelsohn .... office intern
Jonathan Michals .... office intern
Jennifer Miller .... office intern
Ross Miller .... production insurance
Christie Mullen .... location scout
Rebecca L. Murray .... assistant: Todd Solondz
Vonda G. Nelson .... additional production assistant
Hetakaisa Paarte .... assistant: Ted Hope
Julie Panebianco .... conduit to "Happiness"
Derek Pastures .... parking production assistant
Patricia Claire Pertalion .... additional production assistant
Jessica Piscitelli .... key set production assistant (as Jessica Anne Piscitelli)
Perri Pivovar .... assistant film conformist
David Powers .... additional production mixer
Lynn H. Powers .... location scout
Jimmy Price .... assistant location manager
Phillip Ristaino .... cartoonist
Jose Rodriguez .... office intern
Daniel S. Rogers .... production assistant: Florida unit
Scott Rosenstein .... additional production assistant
Niles Roth .... office intern
Jim Ryan .... cartoonist
Jason E. Sandys .... office intern
Paula Schmidt .... completion bond
Nancy Schwartzman .... assistant: Christine Vachon
Betsy Shankin-Morehouse .... location scout (as Betsy Shankin)
Jessica Sharzer .... office intern
Emily Samantha Sherman .... production office coordinator: Florida unit
Nazgol Shifteh .... office intern
Dan Shotz .... office intern
Shelby Siegal .... assistant film conformist
Margo S. Silver .... office intern
Leah Sokolowsky .... location scout: Florida unit (as Leah Weintraub)
Marion Spiegelman .... completion bond
Brian J. Stapleton .... office intern
Tim Streeto .... post-production picture services
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
Mimi Turner .... location scout
Al Valentine .... location manager: additional photography
John Verni .... set production assistant: additional photography
Jonathan Waks .... cartoonist
Nicole Walker .... office intern
Shelly Westerman .... film conformist
Thomas J. Whelan .... location manager
Fred Widland .... assistant production office coordinator
Adrienne M. Williams .... production assistant: Florida unit
Jim Williams .... parking production assistant
Robert Wilson .... additional production assistant
Shawn Wilson .... post-production accountant
Maurier Winston .... parking production assistant
Kurt Woolner .... completion bond
Nakako Yamamoto .... dog handler
Jung-Min Yoon .... additional production assistant
Ronald T. Zizmor .... production assistant
Matthew L. Weiss .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Sandra Bernhard .... special thanks
Jake Myers .... thanks
David W. Schoner Jr. .... special thanks
 
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Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Canada:R (Alberta/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R21 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:NC-17 (original rating) (rating surrendered)
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James Urbaniak auditioned for the role of Allen.See more »
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Factual errors: The number on top of Vlad's taxi is 5C19, while the license plate number is 8H69. On an actual New York City taxi, these numbers would match.See more »
Quotes:
Helen Jordan:It's just I'm... I'm so tired of being admired all the time. All these men I mean... they're all beautiful, artistic minds, great sex, the whole package, but hollow, you know what I mean? I feel nobody's really honest with me. Nobody wants me for me.See more »
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Soave sia il vento from Cosi Fan TutteSee more »

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32 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Well drawn and depressing – a difficult watch but a worthwhile one, 16 November 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Centred around a New Jersey based family of three sisters, their parents and their partners and acquaintances, this film looks at their lives. Involving a lonely sister, a sister with a good family life, a paedophile, a telephone sex pest and an elderly couple breaking up, the film follows their short stories through whatever it takes them.

I remember hearing this film reviewed as being pretty good, but it was pointed out by the critic that it was far from a movie to take a first date to! Seeing it now for the first time he was very right, in fact I would say it is the type of film that could make a partner worry about you if you suggest you watch it together. What type of audience this was made for is questionable but it is not without merit even if it is very, very bleak. The actual `plot' is no more than a collection of stories that roughly overlap due to the character's relationships to one another. Most of these work well enough and are interesting, but the odd one falls slightly flat – Allen's overweight flatmate goes a little too far and the Russian thief subplot is not really engaging.

However for most of the film the stories are very engrossing despite being very sad. The plot assumes unhappiness of one form or another to be a given as part of life, and I think that that is a pretty fair assumption. Some of the characters bring it on themselves, some of them are simply alone however all the scope of human misery is here even if it takes the form of events that not everyone will be able to relate to. No matter whether or not you like the characters you will feel for them – they are very well written and the dialogue feels natural. While the paedophile character will turn many stomachs, I did respect the film for not monsterising him.

Baker plays him very well, and mixes it with all the hallmarks of a `normal' guy. His chats with his son form a strand that runs through the film well and is ultimately quite moving and hard to watch. Hoffman and Boyle don't really have a great deal to do and their characters were harder for me to buy into, as their relationship was not clear. All the cast do a good job regardless mainly because the characters are very well written and fit together in a great ensemble presentation. Special mention should go to Lovitz for a great little cameo that opens the film – in 4 minutes he gives a better performance than I have seen him give anywhere else.

Overall this film is not an easy, fun film to watch but it is very well written even if some of the threads do not engage as much as the others. The conclusion of the film offers no respite and only sees a collection of characters hurt by themselves or others who have little hope for the future other than to just keep plodding on. Like it or not the message of the film is powerful even if the presentation doesn't do anything to make it accessible. When REM close the credits singing `happiness where are you? I've searched so long for you' it is difficult not to feel something.

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