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Happy Endings (2005)

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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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All's well that ends swell. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Finais Felizes  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Maggie Gyllenhaal was not the first choice to play Jude. Gwyneth Paltrow was originally slated to play the part, but dropped out and was replaced by Jennifer Garner. After Garner left the project, Gyllenhaal was awarded the role. See more »


The position of the sunglasses in Jude's hands switches between shots as she's laying by the pool talking to Frank McKee. 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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Crazy Credits

The only opening credit is the title. See more »


References Friends (1994) See more »


Written by Joey Burns and John Convertino
Performed by Calexico
Courtesy of Our Soil, Our Strength
by arrangement with Bug
Published by Lunada Bay (BMI) and Good Clean Dirt (BMI)
Administered by Bug
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User Reviews

A sly and seductive film about happiness
8 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed Happy Endings more than any other film I've seen this year. I admit I had a difficult time following the convoluted plot and that the side title narration did not really help, but I found the film to be most rewarding. I am a big fan of The Opposite of Sex so I was anxious to see the results of what this writer/director would do with this same kind of material. I was not disappointed. In a way, Happy Endings reminded me of Sideways but was far more compelling. The performances were extraordinary especially Maggie Gylenhall and Tom Arnold who gives the performance of his life. The fact that he did not get nominated for an Oscar is staggering. This film is NOT FOR EVERYBODY but for those who appreciate intelligent and subtle film making

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