6.8/10
336
5 user 7 critic

Happy Hour (2003)

Set in present day New York City, "Happy Hour" is a literate and often funny story of love and how to receive it. Tulley, a once-promising literary star now biding his time as an ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

On Disc

at Amazon

5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Winter Solstice I (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In this suburban drama, a widower (played by Anthony LaPaglia) confronts his older son's (played by Aaron Stanford) decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behavior.

Director: Josh Sternfeld
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford, Mark Webber
The Guys (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of a fire captain who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center and the editor who helps him prepare the eulogies he must deliver.

Director: Jim Simpson
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia, Irene Walsh
Stolen Summer (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to ... See full summary »

Director: Pete Jones
Stars: Amara Balthrop-Lewis, Kevin Pollak, Aidan Quinn
Fort McCoy (2011)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A drama based on a true story when the Stirn family lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during W.W.II.

Directors: Kate Connor, Michael Worth
Stars: Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor, Lyndsy Fonseca
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Tulley
...
Levine
...
Natalie
...
Tulley Sr.
...
Bonnie
...
Scott
...
Geoffrey
...
Dr. Pitcoff
Michael Mulheren ...
Kelly
Miriam Sirota ...
Rachel
Cate Smit ...
Publicist
...
Chris
...
Dave
Michael Minutoli ...
Bruiser
Sean Conroy ...
Doorman
Edit

Storyline

Set in present day New York City, "Happy Hour" is a literate and often funny story of love and how to receive it. Tulley, a once-promising literary star now biding his time as an advertising copy editor, moves from cynicism to acceptance as he secretly hopes to write a great novel only to learn that his life of booze will end all too soon. Levine, his best friend and Natalie, the woman who might have saved him, suffer the pain of Tulley's anger and rejection. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A love story, straight up with a twist.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amore e odio a New York  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,625,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After some time in the movie, Levine asks: "I don't suppose she has a sister", and Tulley answers: "Three brothers". The line: "I can't catch a break. What's her mother like?" was totally improvised. That's why Tulley almost chokes on the bourbon. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Pitcoff: My star... my most promising... God! How did you grow so old?
Tulley: Day by day. Day by day...
See more »

Connections

References Reefer Madness (1936) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Old-Fashioned Portrait of A Charismatic Alcoholic
28 October 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Happy Hour" is a well-acted but dated feeling portrait of an alcoholic.

Far less harrowing than addiction films from "Days of Wine and Roses" and "The Lost Weekend" to "Permanent Midnight," writer/director Mike Bencivenga makes a heavy drinker and his enablers out to be genial wasters of talent until the physical ramifications become unavoidable.

Anthony LaPaglia is a charismatic alcoholic, if a mean supervisor at work, and we have to accept that is enough to justify the noble loyalty of a teacher he picks up in a bar and his best friend, a long-time co-worker. The triangle is also old-fashioned, barely hinting at the kinds of depths as are in "A Home at the End of the World." There's a brief mention in passing that his mother is also an alcoholic, but the friends seem to be social drinkers who were just keeping him company drink for drink, and can give it up at will and be inspired by LaPaglia's character to change their lives.

The voice-over narration is a bit "Sunset Boulevard"-ish, but is fit into the story line of the central character as a writer finishing his book.

Nice NYC touches: to have LaPaglia be a kind of Delbert McClinton in Mary Lou Lord's band and to have his dad, as played by Robert Vaughn, be part of a circle at The Algonquin that includes such noted commentators on heavy drinking as Pete Hamill and Steve Dunleavy.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?