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Another Happy Day (2011)

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A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the center of touchy family dynamics.

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A family weekend is fraught with emotional landmines for mercurial and sensitive Lynn (Barkin) as she arrives at her parents' Annapolis estate for the marriage of her estranged eldest son Dylan (Michael Nardelli), accompanied by her three younger children (Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Daniel Yelsky). Lynn's hopes for a joyful reunion are crushed as her wry but troubled middle son Elliot (Ezra Miller) lobs verbal grenades at his mother and her relatives while daughter Alice (Kate Bosworth), a fights valiantly to keep her longtime demons under control. The weekend quickly unravels as Lynn demands to be heard by her aloof, disdainful mother (Ellen Burstyn), ailing, distant father (George Kennedy) and ever-judgmental sisters (Siobhan Fallon, Diana Scarwid), but most especially by her ex-husband Paul (Thomas Hayden Church) and his hot-tempered second wife Patty (Demi Moore). Confronted with the deeply painful, half-buried truths that have given rise to the family's primal web ofresentments ... Written by Phase4 Films

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Rated R for teen drug/alcohol abuse, pervasive language including sexual references, and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: Do you think mom is hot?
Elliot: No, not really.
Ben: Why?
Elliot: I don't know. She's not my type.
Ben: You don't think she's pretty? Even if she wasn't mom.
Elliot: Uh, look, every opinion is objective. You know, maybe she's pretty in a universal sense. Uh, I mean, who the fuck knows? I'm just saying, she doesn't do it for me.
Ben: Do you think other people think she's hot?
Elliot: I don't know, some people fuckin' like McDonalds.
Ben: I like McDonalds.
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(From the CTI album "Baltimore", 1978)
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I didn't want it to end!
19 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not one for movies that put a damper on your mood and opens up your eyes to the fact that there are dysfunctional families out there. (I'm an optimist.) But, with this movie, I didn't want it to end! I found each character rich and they all pull you right in. Even with the minor roles you can really see how each character fits into the whole picture. The performances in this movie played with my heartstrings. It was a perfect balance of sympathy and hate. I felt that each actor killed their performances. I mean that in a good way! Its a respectable cast. I'm not sure why it got such a low rating. A dysfunctional family isn't something new in the movie industry, but with this plot it brings up a lot of questions (as well as answers, if you truly take in what the characters actions) as to why certain things turn out the way they do in families such as this. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see top-notch acting and also for those who enjoy movies that they can discuss afterwards!


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