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Happy Tears (2009)

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Two sisters return home to deal with their ailing father, only to face some surprising situations.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parker Posey ... Jayne
Demi Moore ... Laura
Peter Patrikios ... Driver (as Pete Patrikios)
T. Ryder Smith ... Shoe Salesman
Christian Camargo ... Jackson
Victor Slezak ... Eli Bell
Melissa Ticen Melissa Ticen ... Stewardess
Rip Torn ... Joe
Ellen Barkin ... Shelly
Julianna Conforti Julianna Conforti ... Young Jayne
Jacquelyn Conforti Jacquelyn Conforti ... Young Jayne
Alyssa Klein Alyssa Klein ... Young Laura
David L. King ... Dr. Sims (as David King)
Aldous Davidson Aldous Davidson ... Waiter
Richard Barlow ... Mitch (as Rich Barlow)
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Storyline

Jayne and Laura are about to take on the first man they just might not be able to handle: their seventy-something-year-old father Joe. Dutiful daughters returning to the house they grew up in, Jayne and Laura are forced to take a closer look at their own not-so-perfect lives while dodging childhood memories. Laura suspects that Joe needs full-time care, but Jayne hopes that their father's condition isn't that serious. Joe is still singing and playing his old guitar, and the lively widower even has a new "ladyfriend," shameless and sassy Shelly. But as the visible moments of their father's impending senility increase, so do the dysfunctional family dynamics. Tensions flare as the close sisters must also juggle their own very different lives - Laura's busy schedule as an environmentalist and mother of two small children, and Jayne, desperate to finally have a baby with her workaholic art-dealing husband Jackson. Their adventures back home are not without magic, mischief and mayhem, and ... Written by intlpress@aol.com

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There's an art to going home without going crazy.

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dakrya haras See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,011, 21 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,377, 7 March 2010
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Pierpoline Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

At 1:30 At the dinner table toast, Joe's glass of beer suddenly becomes a can of beer. See more »


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Joey Satri-licious
Performed by Greg Anderson
Written by Gregory Paul Anderson
Published by Music Whirled Publishing and Earthquake Publishing
Courtesy of Wild Whirled Music
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Kinda "chick flick", kinda surprising
13 June 2010 | by rzajacSee all my reviews

"Happy Tears" is sort of odd: It draws you in, and you comfortably watch the whole thing. Then, after it ends, you realize it suffers from "chick flick" syndrome, almost as bad as the worst of the genre.

It really has poor story structure. It seems to be moving along, but really it's just floating along on a stream of trenchant dialog and beautiful graphics and editing, and some great acting. But it ends on a happy-go-lucky, that seems rather undeserved and subsequently trite. All kinds of dramatic elements get dropped, and others enter without decent leading development.

In short, if you like narrative integrity, skip it.


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