Happy Endings (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  29 July 2005 (USA)
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Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictablity of life itself.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charley at 16 / Tom
Lauren (as Caker Folley)


An ensemble cast telling 10 stories with intertwining characters. One story is about a father and son who are dating the same woman . Another features a woman who long ago gave her baby up for adoption but is now being blackmailed by a documentary filmmaker who claims to know the now-grown child's whereabouts. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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29 July 2005 (USA)  »

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Finais Felizes  »

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$240,075 (USA) (15 July 2005)


$1,311,633 (USA) (9 September 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Jason Ritter and David Sutcliffe have portrayed a love interest for Lauren Graham. Ritter in the show, "Parenthood," and Sutcliffe in "Gilmore Girls." See more »


When Jude and Otis were getting ready to have sex in his room, she takes off her pants and in the next scene her pants are back on. See more »


[first lines]
Charley: [chasing Mamie] Wait! Wait!
Woman Driver: [hits Mamie] My God! Oh my God! Oh my God! I didn't see her! I didn't see her!
Charley: Oh my God!
Woman Driver: Oh my God, I'm so sorry, I didn't see her!
Charley: Do you have a cell? Call 911!
Woman Driver: Oh God.
Passerby: Hey, is she all right?
Charley: I don't know.
Woman Driver: [on phone] 911? Yes, hurry, we need an ambulance quick.
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References Wonderland (2003) See more »


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Written by Daniel Indart (as D. Indart) / J.A. Perez Alvarez (ASCAP)
Performed by Jesus 'El Nino' Alejandro (as Jesus Alejandro "El Nino") with Magalis Tars
Courtesy of LMS Records
Publisher Indart Music (ASCAP)
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Friendships, secrets, and lies; multi-chaptered comedy-drama with some standout performances...
14 April 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Don Roos wrote and directed this very lively, sometimes poignant though not very funny comedy-drama all centering around an abortion counselor's secret that she had given birth to her step-brother's baby when she was a teenager and quickly gave it up for adoption. In this role, Lisa Kudrow really excels with the writer-director's dryly observant style: she's loose but not flailing, inquisitive but not harping, apprehensive but seldom frightened. Kudrow (whose comic timing reminds one of Roseanne's in the early years of her sitcom) mixes a look of anxiety, despair, nervousness and anticipation with astonishing skill--even when her character is humiliated (or humiliates herself), Kudrow has a way of keeping all the flightiness grounded in some form of reality. Matching her, Tom Arnold and Maggie Gyllenhaal have some wonderful early scenes (she's a born user and a killer karaoke singer; he's the father of the gay twenty-one year old drummer whom she has already seduced and discarded). It's too bad we don't get more of this relationship, and also that Roos covers up most of their dialogue with soundtrack music (it's a coupling which happens in montage). Roos plants little subtitles throughout the movie to help sort out who's-who, and this works to some degree (yet it's a relief when the device is momentarily given a rest). Some of the other story threads are dim (a couple of which center on gay men turning their homosexuality on and off like a light-switch), but Kudrow's work and Tom Arnold's natural, easy-going presence keep the film absorbing and often appealing. And nobody sings "Just the Way You Are" like Gyllenhaal. **1/2 from ****

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