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Another Happy Day (2011)

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A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the center of touchy family dynamics.

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Sam Levinson

Writer:

Sam Levinson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Barkin ... Lynn
Ezra Miller ... Elliot
Ellen Burstyn ... Doris Baker
Demi Moore ... Patty
Thomas Haden Church ... Paul
Kate Bosworth ... Alice
George Kennedy ... Joe Baker
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Lee
Daniel Yelsky ... Ben
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Bonnie
Diana Scarwid ... Donna
Eamon O'Rourke Eamon O'Rourke ... Brandon
Lola Kirke ... Charlie
David Hirsch ... Tommy
Michael Nardelli ... Dylan
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A family weekend is fraught with emotional landmines for mercurial and sensitive Lynn (Barkin) as she arrives at her parents' Annapolis estate for the marriage of her estranged eldest son Dylan (Michael Nardelli), accompanied by her three younger children (Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Daniel Yelsky). Lynn's hopes for a joyful reunion are crushed as her wry but troubled middle son Elliot (Ezra Miller) lobs verbal grenades at his mother and her relatives while daughter Alice (Kate Bosworth), a fights valiantly to keep her longtime demons under control. The weekend quickly unravels as Lynn demands to be heard by her aloof, disdainful mother (Ellen Burstyn), ailing, distant father (George Kennedy) and ever-judgmental sisters (Siobhan Fallon, Diana Scarwid), but most especially by her ex-husband Paul (Thomas Hayden Church) and his hot-tempered second wife Patty (Demi Moore). Confronted with the deeply painful, half-buried truths that have given rise to the family's primal web ofresentments ... Written by Phase4 Films

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for teen drug/alcohol abuse, pervasive language including sexual references, and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2011 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

A Reasonable Bunch See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elliot (Ezra Miller) claims that Patty (Demi Moore) "used to be a stripper". Moore starred in Striptease (1996). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: Do you think mom is hot?
Elliot: No, not really.
Ben: Why?
Elliot: I don't know. She's not my type.
Ben: You don't think she's pretty? Even if she wasn't mom.
Elliot: Uh, look, every opinion is objective. You know, maybe she's pretty in a universal sense. Uh, I mean, who the fuck knows? I'm just saying, she doesn't do it for me.
Ben: Do you think other people think she's hot?
Elliot: I don't know, some people fuckin' like McDonalds.
Ben: I like McDonalds.
[...]
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.31 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything >Must Change
(From the CTI album "Baltimore", 1978)
Written by Benard Ihgner
Performed by Nina Simone
(recorded in January 1978)
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Mesmerizing.
25 February 2012 | by KevinSee all my reviews

Another Happy Day isn't the typical comedy film; it is a drama than a comedy, in fact. The screenplay is well-written, as are the character. The directing is really good - the sequence shot in which the camera is following Demi Moore, on the music "Poland" by Oladur Arnalds is gorgeous -, I loved the soundtrack and found the casting to be interesting; the characters are truly believable & relivable. Maybe my love for this film has something to do with the fact that I've got a 'little something' for turning-bad-family-gathering film. Obviously, this film is a controversial one and I can see why. This definitely will not be the cup of tea of everyone but it worth to be seen. Sam Levinson gives us an excellent first dark-humoured effective film.


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