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Not Another Happy Ending (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 August 2014 (USA)
When a troubled editor discovers that his only successful author is blocked, he knows that he needs to do something about it.

Director:

John McKay

Writer:

David Solomons
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Cast

Cast overview:
Karen Gillan ... Jane Lockhart
Stanley Weber ... Tom Duval
Iain De Caestecker ... Roddy
Gary Lewis ... Benny Lockhart (Dad)
Henry Ian Cusick ... Willie Scott
Freya Mavor ... Nicola Ball
Kate Dickie ... Anna Le Fevre
Amy Manson ... Darsie
Niall Greig Fulton ... Team Member 1
Bill Barclay Bill Barclay ... Team Member 2
Cora Bisset Cora Bisset ... Bookshop Owner (as Cora Bissett)
Louise Goodall Louise Goodall ... Doctor Klinsch
John Bett John Bett ... Mr. McLeish
Callum Cuthbertson Callum Cuthbertson ... Quiz Master
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When a struggling publisher discovers his only successful author is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or he's finished. With her newfound success, she's become too damn happy and she can't write when she's happy.The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more he realises he's in love with her. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes Love Needs a Re-Write

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Jane gets writer's block after writing 36 chapters of her second book. 36 is also the number of years that the older Amy Pond had been alone in the Doctor Who episode The Girl Who Waited. Both Jane Lockhart and Amy Pond were played by Karen Gillan. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom Duval: Roddy! School...
Roddy: [walks in partly dressed] Morning.
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Crazy Credits

Karen Gillan is last seen in Not Another Happy Ending at a cemetery. Prior to this, she was also last seen in a cemetery in her Doctor Who swansong The Angels Take Manhattan. See more »

Soundtracks

I Fall For You
Performed by Sandi Thom
Lyrics by Sandi Thom
Music by Lorne Balfe
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The Sights and Sounds of New Young Scotland? Fun, enjoyable and well done.
30 September 2013 | by doddsjamesSee all my reviews

Rom Com a bit of a maligned term in the world of films, but I think it is a question of degree. Would I like a full on romantic film? No. Would I like a full on comedy? No. So a combination of these two is likely to be a disaster for me, unless it is done as well Not Another Happy Ending.

The film is well acted and all characters are well drawn, memorable and actors put their hearts into the performance. The camera work and editing do a great job to establishing the world the characters inhabit but allow the characters time to develop instead quickly moving on to next scene. The direction is interesting when it needs to be, but the actors are the main focus on the film, so that is just as well fancy camera work is not used when they are delivering their performances.

The story is enjoyable and probably more realistic than you might think, if you think that would never happen or character would not be like that, for the purpose of entertainment let it go, its not a gritty life study.

Karen Gillan really has proved her her leading lady status here, and although the star of the film the supporting cast are also fantastic you can tell there must have been temptation to expand their roles further, perhaps should be focus of further stories.

Criticism of the film I would say is mostly the predictability of the plot,even with my little knowledge of the Rom Com,you know what is going to happen , but, these films are not watched for plot twists , unpredictable events. Budget is not a noticeable issue but it has a feel of an extended pilot for a TV series which never got made (and of course should have been made)and those who helped crowdsource fund the film should be proud of what the helped create.

A final recommendation is the music, it's great and mostly not well known. The most mainstream track saved for the high emotional point, almost goes too far , but I can forgive that or release the soundtrack I can always skip that track, while loving the rest.

Passes the Bechdel Test


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8 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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