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Happy Endings -- Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictablity of life itself.
Happy Endings -- Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictablity of life itself.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lisa Kudrow ... Mamie

Steve Coogan ... Charley

Jesse Bradford ... Nicky

Bobby Cannavale ... Javier

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jude

Jason Ritter ... Otis

Tom Arnold ... Frank

David Sutcliffe ... Gil

Sarah Clarke ... Diane

Laura Dern ... Pam

Hallee Hirsh ... Mamie at 17

Eric Jungmann ... Charley at 16 / Tom

Kim Morgan Greene ... Connie Peppitone

Rayne Marcus ... Annette

Caitlyn Folley ... Lauren (as Caker Folley)

Amanda Foreman ... Lane
Nicole Tocantins ... Tess

Mark Fite ... Tess's Drunk Husband

Soledad St. Hilaire ... Dignora

Ramon De Ocampo ... Alvin (as Ramón de Ocampo)

A.J. Trauth ... Bill
Carole Androsky ... Naked Woman (as Carol Androsky)

Tamara Davies ... Shauna
Ashleigh Darkbloom ... Rain

Emma Hunton ... Becca
T.R. Hopper ... Chuck Peppitone

Rob Macie ... Steve the Lawyer
Lisa Hoyle ... Woman Driver
Joe Milton ... Musician #1
Dave Beyer ... Musician #2
Randy Landas ... Musician #3

Scott Sener ... Karaoke Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Melissa Barker ... Protestor (uncredited)

Mark Elias ... Coffee Shop Patron (uncredited)

Johnny Galecki ... Miles (uncredited)

Peter Horton ... Ted the Urologist (uncredited)

Rana McAnear ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Deirdre Wall ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Shannan Leigh Yancsurak ... Coffee Shop Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Roos 
Writing credits
Don Roos (written by)

Produced by
Bobby Cohen .... co-producer
Mike Elliott .... executive producer
Ali Forman .... co-producer
Jon Kuyper .... line producer
Robert M. Melnik .... associate producer (as Robert Melnik)
Nick Meyer .... executive producer
Tom Ortenberg .... executive producer
Michael Paseornek .... producer
Marc Platt .... co-producer
Donna Sloan .... associate producer
Laura D. Smith .... associate producer (as Laura Smith)
Holly Wiersma .... producer
Cinematography by
Clark Mathis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Codron 
Casting by
John Brace 
Linda Lowy 
Production Design by
Richard Sherman 
Set Decoration by
Matthew Flood Ferguson 
Costume Design by
Peggy A. Schnitzer  (as Peggy Anita Schnitzer)
Makeup Department
Toni G .... key makeup artist (as Toni Garavaglia)
Jonathan Hanousek .... hair department head (as Jonathan Joseph Hanousek)
Kay Majerus .... key hair stylist
Sheree Morgan .... key makeup artist
Robin Siegel .... makeup department head
Production Management
Karen Gorodetzky .... production supervisor
Jon Kuyper .... unit production manager
Rosemary Lara .... production manager: Lions Gate Entertainment
Curtis A. Miller .... supervisor of production: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Curtis Miller)
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven F. Beaupre .... second second assistant director
Hope Garrison .... second assistant director
Eric Tignini .... first assistant director
Art Department
Terry Adams .... on-set dresser
Lorin Flemming .... assistant art director
Gerard Jordan .... swing gang (as Gerard A. Jordan)
Kathleen Kasinger .... property master
Jim Landis .... assistant property master
Anthony Maccario .... swing gang (as Tony Maccario)
James R. Marchese .... swing gang
Merdyce McClaran .... assistant property master
Jim Motyl .... swing gang (as James S. Motyl)
Nancy Restuccia .... art department coordinator
JoAnn Stevens .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor (as Stewart K. Bernstein)
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
Preston Connor .... utility sound (as Preston Conner)
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (as Richard Dawn)
Steve Evans .... boom operator (as R. Steven Evans)
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Jacqueline Marie McLaughlin .... utility sound
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist (as Cynthia Merril)
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer (as Nick Nuetra)
Benjamin Patrick .... sound mixer
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound editor
David Schneider .... boom operator
Ken Strain .... boom operator (as Kenneth Strain)
Kevin Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Brendan Beebe .... boom operator (uncredited)
Mark Harris .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tom Seymour .... special effects technician
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator (as J.D. Streett IV)
Visual Effects by
Ryan Beadle .... i/o: Custom Film Effects
Steve Caldwell .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals: Efilm
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
Adam Gass .... digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as RJ Harbour)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Shaina Holmes .... digital coordinator: Custom Film Effects
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Lori Miller)
L. Elizabeth Powers .... lead digital artist: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
Danita Slaughter .... digital intermediate assistant editor: Efilm
David Smithson .... data wrangler: Custom Film Effects
Mary C. Snyder .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Amani Williams .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Mike Ocoboc .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Melissa Barker .... stunts
Stanton Barrett .... stunts
Nicole Basanda .... stunts
Casey Easlick .... stunts
Lisa Hoyle .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (as Ernie Orsatti)
Noon Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Denney Pierce .... stunts (as Denny Pierce)
Ronn Surels .... stunts (as Ronn Surls)
Scott Waugh .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Salim Benshir .... lamp operator (as Salim Benshrir)
John F. Cassidy .... key grip
Kelly Clear .... gaffer
Chris Culliton .... best boy electric (as Christopher Culliton)
Willie E. Dawkins .... lamp operator
Tim Day .... grip
Chris Friebus .... loader
Toulouse Holliday .... best boy grip (as S. Toulouse Holliday)
David Kagen .... lamp operator
Eric Lee .... still photographer
Steven C. Marshall .... second assistant camera (as Steve C. Marshall)
Terence McNally .... lamp operator (as Terrance R. McNally)
Jason Newton .... grip
Brian S. Osmond .... first assistant camera
Joe-Joe Presson .... grip (as Joseph A. Presson)
David W. Slodki .... lamp operator (as David Slodki)
Daniel L. Turrett .... camera operator (as Daniel Turrett)
Niel Williams .... grip (as Niel E. Williams)
Jennifer Ann Henry .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Damon Liebowitz .... electrician (uncredited)
Gabe Morley .... video playback supervisor (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael Betts .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Terrence Harris .... casting associate: Bill Dance Casting (as Terence Harris)
Will Stewart .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacqueline Aronson .... costume supervisor
Yulia Gershenzon .... set costumer
Alison M. Schmidt .... costumer
Natasha Walsh .... costumer (as Natasha Stanton Walsh)
Editorial Department
Steve Bowen .... digital intermediate colorist: Efilm
Steve Danhieux .... data management operator: Efilm
Colby Enders .... assistant editor
Ben Estrada .... digital intermediate colorist assistant: Efilm
Bob Fernley .... digital intermediate producer: Efilm
Christi Franck .... post-production assistant
Brian Han .... digital intermediate color assistant: Efilm
Jennifer Hwang .... post-production coordinator
Esther Lee .... production assistant: Efilm
Devon Miller .... digital intermediate editor: Efilm
Stanley Miller .... film scanning/recording operator: Efilm
Dean Ramser .... film processing: Consolidated Film Industries
Victor Rodriguez .... digital quality operator: Efilm
Bobby Williams .... post-production coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment
Michael Hatzer .... color timer (uncredited)
Mark W. McCoy .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Mark Agostino .... music playback
Mark Agostino .... music recordist
Michael Baber .... music editor
Joel C. High .... music executive: Lions Gate Entertainment
Gary Raymond .... music recordist
Rebecca Rienks .... music assistant
Tiffany Ryan .... music coordinator
Nicole Tocantins .... music supervisor
Tracy McKnight .... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Baz .... driver
Jody Bingenheimer .... driver
Curtis Clark .... driver (as Curtis Edward Clark)
Angel Desanti .... transportation co-captain (as Angel De Santi)
Christian G. Ervin .... driver (as Chris Ervin)
Rick Fese Jr. .... driver (as Rick 'Easy' Fese)
Will Gardner .... driver
Mark Garrett .... driver
John L. Grissom .... driver (as John I. Grissom)
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Kirk Huston .... transportation captain
Steve Larson .... driver
Carlos M. Serrano .... driver
Kevin Simmons .... driver (as Kevin Hale Simmons)
Joseph Taggert .... driver (as Joseph Taggart)
Chris Haynes .... production driver (uncredited)
Hardy Ophuls .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Steve Altman .... production equipment: Leonetti
David Arnott .... adr actor
Bree Bailey .... assistant: Mr. Paseornek
Susan Bannout .... medic
Doug Burch .... adr actor
Catherine Choate .... contract administrator of business & legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Vicki Davis .... adr actor
Richard J. Day .... office production assistant
Anna Easteden .... double: Mamie
Frank E. Errico .... production coordinator
Jeff Fischer .... adr actor (as Jeffrey Todd Fischer)
Amanda Shamis Flannery .... business and legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Amanda Shamis)
Amy Roos Flemming .... assistant: Mr. Roos (as Amy Roos)
Seamus Gibbons .... chef: Deluxe Catering
Lisa Gooding .... clearance supervisor
Sarah Greenberg .... executive vice president of national publicity: Lions Gate Entertainment
Wes Hagan .... location manager (as Wesley K. Hagen)
Liam Hearne .... assistant post-production accountant
John Hegeman .... president of world wide marketing: Lions Gate Entertainment
Chris Hiatt .... additional typesetter: Keep Me Posted
Ryanne Higley .... additional typesetter: Keep Me Posted
Roy G. Irwin .... medic
Carrie Mae Jones .... first assistant accountant
Chris Libby .... unit publicist: MPRM
Daniel MacArthur .... production coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment
Robert M. Melnik .... executive vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Robert Melnik)
Tracy Metro .... adr actor
Christopher Miller .... location manager
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (as Diane Hassinger Newman)
Aynna M. Orona .... craft service (as Aynna Orona)
Oscar Orona .... assistant craft service
Jordan Otis .... office production assistant
Tim Palen .... EVP of Theatrical Marketing: Lionsgate
David Randolph .... adr actor (as David J. Randolph)
Ryan Reasor .... office production assistant
Aaron Richmond .... stand-in
A.J. Rinella .... office production assistant (as Anthony Rinella)
Kevin Rosenberg .... creative assistant: Mr. Platt
Erin M. Royer .... assistant: Mr. Elliott
David Ruiz .... set production assistant
Joe Rystrom .... medic
Vernon Scott .... adr actor
Scott Sener .... stand-in
Rony Shino .... assistant location manager (as Ron Shino)
Donna Sloan .... senior vice president of production: Lions Gate Entertainment
Bernadette Tanchauco .... production accountant
Hellena Taylor .... stand-in (as Hellena Schmied)
Nate Taylor .... assistant location manager
James Uribe .... assistant production coordinator
Charlyn Ware .... vice president of business and legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Stephanie Wescott .... payroll accountant
Shawn Williamson .... set production assistant
LouAnn Wu .... set production assistant
Jennifer Yee .... supervisor of business & legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Brian Yonck .... set production assistant
Ruth Zalduondo .... adr actor
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Marika Cahn .... assistant: Ms. Kudrow (uncredited)
Pierre Cheminat .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dixon .... business affairs coordinator (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Mike Kohl .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rob Macie .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Ann Shimabukuro .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Ken Twohy .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Adamson .... special thanks
Asia .... special thanks
Jason Barrett .... special thanks
Enrique Beingolea .... special thanks
Bonnie Bernstein .... special thanks
Dave Beyer .... special thanks
Cliff Brodsky .... special thanks: Brodsky Music Production
Dan Bucatinsky .... special thanks
John L. Burnham .... special thanks (as John Burham)
Joannie Burstein .... special thanks (as Joannie Burnstein)
Grant Conway .... special thanks: Sandbox Studios
Mary Cynar .... special thanks
Def Leppard .... special thanks
Mike Duffy .... special thanks: The Karma Coffeehouse
Cassian Elwes .... special thanks
Salomon Emquies .... special thanks
Ruth Erlich .... acknowledgment: marble sculpture titled "Blastogenesis"
Dave Feldman .... special thanks
Sean Frankenheimer .... special thanks
Laura Franklin .... special thanks
Johnny Galecki .... special thanks
Eva Gardner .... special thanks
Dave Gibbs .... special thanks
Malinda Goddard .... special thanks
Dominic Griffin .... special thanks
Nancy Heller .... special thanks
Jason Hendler .... special thanks
David Hines .... acknowledgment: McKee living room painting by
Peter Horton .... special thanks
Scott Howard .... special thanks
Aleen Keshishian .... special thanks
Courtney Kivowitz .... special thanks
Linda Kordek .... special thanks: The Agency Group
Chi Chi La Rue .... acknowledgment: adult footage by (as Chi Chi LaRue)
Randy Landis .... special thanks
Brian Lapin .... special thanks
Tony Lipp .... special thanks
Joe Milton .... special thanks: Jo-Musik
Michael Morris .... thanks
Michael Morris .... special thanks
Sean Mulhern .... special thanks
Rick Parker .... special thanks
Steve Rabineau .... special thanks
Stephanie Ramsey .... special thanks
REO Speedwagon .... special thanks
Miranda Richards .... special thanks
Craig Richey .... special thanks
Jeremiah Samuels .... special thanks
Josh Schwartz .... special thanks
Craig Shapiro .... special thanks
Geoff Siegel .... special thanks
Skid Row .... special thanks
Fred Specktor .... special thanks
Robert Stein .... special thanks
Mick Sullivan .... special thanks
Christopher Touchton .... special thanks
Evan Tripoli .... special thanks
Ronny Vardy .... acknowledgment: Coffeehouse painting by
Adam Venit .... special thanks
John Wilmer .... special thanks
John Wygonski .... special thanks
Julie Yorn .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use
128 min
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During the scene (1:21) when Charley and Gil are looking for something to watch on TV, the movie Secretary (2002) is listed, which also starred Maggie Gyllenhaal.See more »
Continuity: 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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Why the running (into traffic) by this rather cerebral social worker? Just makes no sense.
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Too many unique vignettes causes overload on the "Happy Endings", 16 July 2009
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

Vignettes are a tricky business. To make a film with more than three main stories to follow that interconnect and are unified in some significant way is a challenge. "Love, Actually" is one of the only recent films to successfully pull this off, using Christmas and love as a unifying factor. Don Roos' "Happy Endings" uses ... love? happiness? sexuality? infatuation? It's not clear, and making all the vignettes cross-connect with each other doesn't satisfy what we look for in these movies. Each vignette should essentially tell the same message in a different way. "Happy Endings" has several original concepts, but the connection is obscure and hard to draw.

Roos ("The Opposite of Sex") essentially tells three stories: First follows Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) and the documentary she helps aspiring filmmaker Nicky (Jesse Bradford) make about her masseuse/lover Javier (Bobby Cannavale) so that she can find out information Nicky has of the son she gave away at birth when she was 18. The second follows the father of that child, Charlie (Steve Coogan), who is now gay and convinced that his partner (David Sutcliffe) is the biological father of their lesbian friends' son, whom he donated sperm to once and it supposedly didn't work. Last is Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a free spirit who meets Otis (Jason Ritter), a young man that works in Charlie's restaurant who is hiding his homosexuality from his rich father (Tom Arnold). Jude promises Otis that she won't say anything if he doesn't spoil her plan to become involved with his father for the money.

That mostly covers the labyrinthian complexity of "Happy Endings," which despite it's courage to choose such unique scenarios , doesn't seem to ever make clear sense. It's all quite interesting, as this is relationship drama we've never seen before, but there are a lot of emotions flying around and motivations that seem to lack sources. It probably all made sense in Roos' head, but it doesn't convert.

The acting talent isn't necessarily lacking either. This is the best performance I've ever seen Kudrow give in a film -- she reminds me of another Annette Bening. Gyllenhaal is also one of the more complex (in the intriguing way) characters and she draws the widest variety of emotions from the audience as she crosses a fine line between sincerity and deception. Although the characters are interesting, however, we mostly feel just apathy because the snippets we get of them are more puzzling than revealing.

Another unique technique that Roos employs is adding subtitles that give away little pieces of information about the characters as we watch them, whether it's what happens in the future to them or a secret they have. It's supposed to add a unique twist to what's being shown on screen, but it's hard enough to make sense of what's going on on screen as it is. It's not a bad idea, but it just saturates this film even more.

Watching vignettes interconnect is always entertaining and interesting, but "Happy Endings" is overstuffed and it creates a disconnect between the characters and the audience, which no amount of character interconnectedness can solve.

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