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Happiness (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 16 October 1998 (USA)
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The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joy Jordan
... Andy Kornbluth
... Allen
... Bill Maplewood
... Helen Jordan
Justin Elvin ... Timmy Maplewood
... Trish Maplewood
Lila Glantzman-Leib ... Chloe Maplewood
... Psychiatrist
Rufus Read ... Billy Maplewood
... Mona Jordan
... Lenny Jordan
... Kristina
... Detective Berman
... Nancy
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A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,230, 11 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,807,390
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Trivia

Philip Seymour Hoffman based his character (Allen) off of Ralph Reed; the founder of the Christian Coalition, and a republican politician. During a run in with Ralph, he told Philip that his favorite movie was Happiness. Little did Ralph know, he was Allen. See more »

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When the police officers are sitting in Bill Maplewood's house. See more »

Quotes

Andy: You think I don't appreciate art? You think I don't understand fashion? You think I'm not hip? You think I'm pathetic? A nerd? A lard-ass fat-so? You think I'm shit? Well, you're wrong, 'cause i'm champagne, and you're shit. Until the day you die, you, not me, will always be shit.
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All Out of Love
Performed by Air Supply
Written by Graham Russell and Clive Davis
Published by Nottsongs (all rights administered
by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.)
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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A brilliant movie, but not for everyone.
15 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I've ever seen, but I would hesitate to recommend it to people whom I don't know pretty well. It explores aspects of life and living (and suffering) that most films avoid or actively deny. And it does so brilliantly. The characters are vividly real, and there is such a strong sense of situations unfolding in real time that it's truly mesmerising. I felt like a fly on the wall, eavesdropping on conversations I could never hear otherwise. I think many people would absolutely hate this movie, partly because it doesn't pass judgement on behaviours that are repulsive to the bulk of humanity, and partly because it exposes us to them at all.


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