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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

Writer:

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:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$130,303, 18 October 1998

Gross USA:

$2,982,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,982,011
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jon Lovitz was also considered for the part of Allen. See more »

Goofs

The spoon in Kristina's ice-cream disappears and reappears between shots at the diner. See more »

Quotes

Trish: How come no matter how much you treat me like shit, I can't help loving you even more?
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Soundtracks

You Light Up My Life
Performed by Anatoly Aleshin
Written by Joseph Brooks
Published by PolyGram International Publishing
Inc. and Curb Songs
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a low point
5 December 1998 | by SALOMESee all my reviews

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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