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Happy Endings (2005)

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Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictability of life itself.

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Don Roos

Writer:

Don Roos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Kudrow ... Mamie
Steve Coogan ... Charley
Jesse Bradford ... Nicky
Bobby Cannavale ... Javier
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jude
Jason Ritter ... Otis
Tom Arnold ... Frank
David Sutcliffe ... Gil
Sarah Clarke ... Diane
Laura Dern ... Pam
Hallee Hirsh ... Mamie at 17
Eric Jungmann ... Charley at 16 / Tom
Kim Morgan Greene ... Connie Peppitone
Rayne Marcus ... Annette
Caitlyn Folley ... Lauren (as Caker Folley)
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Storyline

Three stories of Angelenos linked linearly by people associated with each are told. In story one, Mamie works as a psychologist at an abortion clinic, she, in addition to providing counseling, assessing mental fitness and thus approving or declining the request by potential patients for the procedure. This job is somewhat ironic as she purportedly aborted a pregnancy when she was seventeen, nineteen years ago. Her stepfather urged her to go through with the pregnancy and give the baby up for adoption, he, now dead, the only person in her personal life who knew that she went through with it. She is approached by Nicky, an aspiring filmmaker, who has proof of her son's identity, said son who threw such information away in no longer wanting to contact her. As his application for a scholarship to the AFI, Nicky wants to make a film on Mamie "discovering" her son. Not wanting to have her story splashed across a movie screen, especially as the biological father is still in her life and ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Maggie Gyllenhaal was not the first choice to play Jude. Gwyneth Paltrow was originally slated to play the part, but dropped out and was replaced by Jennifer Garner. After Garner left the project, Gyllenhaal was awarded the role. See more »

Goofs

When Jude and Otis were getting ready to have sex in his room, she takes off her pants and in the next scene her pants are back on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charley: [chasing Mamie] Wait! Wait!
Woman Driver: [hits Mamie] My God! Oh my God! Oh my God! I didn't see her! I didn't see her!
Charley: Oh my God!
Woman Driver: Oh my God, I'm so sorry, I didn't see her!
Charley: Do you have a cell? Call 911!
Woman Driver: Oh God.
Passerby: Hey, is she all right?
Charley: I don't know.
Woman Driver: [on phone] 911? Yes, hurry, we need an ambulance quick.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The only opening credit is the title. See more »

Connections

References Showbiz Moms & Dads (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Tropics of Love
Written by Paul Arthur Jenkins, Toby Christensen and Joseph Plummer
Performed by Black Heart Procession
Published by Looking Better Music (ASCAP), Silver Pagoda Music (SESAC), TreeHOTCH Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Touch And Go Records, Inc.
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Friendships, secrets and lies; multi-chaptered comedy-drama with some standout performances...
14 April 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Don Roos wrote and directed this lively, sometimes poignant, but not especially funny comedy-drama centering around an abortion counselor's secret that she had given birth to her step-brother's baby when she was a teenager and quickly gave it up for adoption. In this role, Lisa Kudrow really excels with the writer-director's dryly observant style: she's loose but not flailing, inquisitive but not harping, apprehensive but not frightened. Kudrow (whose comic timing reminds one of Roseanne's in the early years of her TV sitcom) mixes a look of anxiety, despair, nervousness and anticipation with astonishing skill--even when her character is humiliated (or humiliates herself), Kudrow has a way of keeping all the flightiness grounded in some form of reality. Matching her, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tom Arnold have some wonderful early scenes; she's a born user and a killer karaoke singer, while he plays the father of the gay 21-year-old drummer whom Gyllenhaal has already seduced and discarded. It's too bad we don't get more of this relationship, and also unfortunate that Roos covers up most of their dialogue with soundtrack music (it's a coupling which happens in montage). Roos plants little subtitles throughout the movie to help sort out who's-who, and this works to some degree (yet it's a relief when the device is momentarily given a rest). Some of the other story threads are dim (a couple of which center on gay men turning their homosexuality on and off like a light-switch), but Kudrow's work and Tom Arnold's natural, easy-going presence keep the film absorbing and often appealing. And nobody sings "Just the Way You Are" like Gyllenhaal. **1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Endings See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$240,075, 17 July 2005

Gross USA:

$1,315,701

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,682,206
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lions Gate Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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