Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Stephen Adly Guirgis
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
Y'know... I think I've seen quite a lot of what this world has to offer. Not everything, certainly, but I've seen and accepted my fair share of ugliness, and I think I can say that it takes quite a lot to rattle me. But after seeing "Happiness," if nothing else I know where my limits are. I NEVER want to be this jaded. I never want to be able to watch this much degradation and humiliation and be able to shrug it off as "hip" or "genius." I think it's fair to say that, for someone numb enough to detach themselves from this film, you could appreciate it for the acting, and for the quality of the filmmaking in general. And I am, on some level, glad that it was made; there is a place for films like this one. But even with my own really quite liberal attitudes towards artistic expression, I sincerely do hope that "Happiness" marks the lowest point to which our culture ever descends. I fear for our collective integrity if we are able to leave a film like this one without being disgusted and upset.
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