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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 overview, first billed only:
Parker Posey ... Jayne
Demi Moore ... Laura
Peter Patrikios ... Driver (as Pete Patrikios)
T. Ryder Smith 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 ... 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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The plane landing in Pittsburgh is clearly not in Pittsburgh. In the landing scene there is a large body of water and a ship visible. There's no body of water within sight of PIT. See more »


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Performed by White Denim
Written by James Petralli, Steve Terebecki and Josh Block
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excellent!
24 January 2010 | by plkldfSee all my reviews

Saw this at Cinema Sundays at the Charles here in Baltimore.

The audience liked it a lot, from their reactions during the film and also at the Q&A. Parker Posey and Demi Moore play two sisters who are faced with taking care of their father in the house where they grew up. Their father, played by Rip Torn, is becoming less and less compos mentis. Not forgetting the wonderful Ellen Barkin, who brings humanity to the role of Shelley, a woman who has reached bottom.

The movie has some pretty trippy sections, a fair amount of things that make you not so sure what's supposed to be happening in the movie's reality, and what's just happening in the head of one of the characters.

It's primarily a good-natured comedy about people and how they get along. It's very funny, with some subtle and unexpected laughs. I can't wait for this to be shown in a local theater so I can see it again.


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Country:

USA

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English | French

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,009, 21 February 2010

Gross USA:

$22,464

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,464
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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