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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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Todd Solondz

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Todd Solondz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Adams ... Joy Jordan
Jon Lovitz ... Andy Kornbluth
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Allen
Dylan Baker ... Bill Maplewood
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Helen Jordan
Justin Elvin Justin Elvin ... Timmy Maplewood
Cynthia Stevenson ... Trish Maplewood
Lila Glantzman-Leib Lila Glantzman-Leib ... Chloe Maplewood
Gerry Becker ... Psychiatrist
Rufus Read Rufus Read ... Billy Maplewood
Louise Lasser ... Mona Jordan
Ben Gazzara ... Lenny Jordan
Camryn Manheim ... Kristina
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Detective Berman
Molly Shannon ... Nancy
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Storyline

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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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todd Solondz's Untitled See more »

Filming Locations:

Boca Raton, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,230, 11 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,807,390
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

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A crewmember's head is reflected in the window of the car when Bill is sitting in it after buying a magazine. See more »

Quotes

Bill: I fucked them.
Billy Maplewood: What was it like?
Bill: It was... it was great.
Billy Maplewood: Would you do it again?
Bill: Yes.
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You Light Up My Life
Performed by Mantovani
Written by Joseph Brooks (as Joe Brooks)
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Gruesome
18 May 2009 | by mikelepostSee all my reviews

Happiness is a gruesome and uncomfortable drama about sexual dysfunction, focusing mainly on three characters: a 30-something woman who lives with her parents and attracts romantic disaster; a schlubby office drone who can't speak to his sexy neighbor so he masturbates while making obscene phone calls; and a seemingly normal therapist who lusts after his son's pre-pubescent friends. Forget the "dark comedy" label - I found almost nothing even remotely funny in the movie and in fact the overall effect was completely depressing. Happiness is an interesting movie but it wasn't funny or entertaining in the traditional sense of the word and it's nothing I'd ever want to see again.

At times, the film felt like a hollow exercise in wallowing in the misery of the characters; I imagined the main protagonists as ants and the writer/director sitting there with a magnifying glass, making them burn. Their humiliations are sometimes played for laughs in ways that didn't always work. Jon Lubitz's bitter opening monologue after he's dumped - hilariously awkward. Faux happy music playing when another character is on his way to raping a pre-teen? Err, no. The material is too serious to treat in such a cavalier way. Really, Happiness reminded me of The Ice Storm, except that movie addressed similar themes in an intelligent way with real characters and asked us to take the situation seriously. The Ice Storm also offered a glimmer of redemption, which struck me as far truer to life than the empty nihilism on display here.

Happiness wants to rub our nose in the sordid details - was there any reason to show two separate scenes of dripping cum? - but doesn't really have much to say. The film is very well-acted and it's certainly interesting so it's worth watching. I just think a movie this deliberately offputting needs to have a stronger message than "We're all an F'ing mess."


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