Happiness

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This is definitely one of the more intense films I've ever seen. It is not for everyone but I happen to have a very dark, twisted sense of humor. If you're like me, you'll find this one to be a keeper. People who say that this movie isn't funny just don't understand destructive humor. The jokes are often vicious & brutal you'll find yourself laughing then wondering if you're a bad person for doing so.

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A must-see (but not for the weak)

by Ula on 5/29/1999

One of the most intense viewing experiences I've had in a while, and possibly one of the most f'ed up and darkest films out there. It's a very believable and honest movie, which is exactly why it's so unsettling as it just cuts right to the bone with absolutely no reservations. You may not like it (and most likely won't unless you have a jet-black sense of humor), but you won't be unmoved.

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A great step

by Phil on 6/1/1999

Todd Solondz' second film shows a great step from his first effort.

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Product Overview

Meet three sisters at the center of a struggle with the secret demons of middle class perfection. There's joy who is rebounding from a break-up with her latest loser boyfriend, helen a glamorous writer looking for drama in a relationship with a obscene phone caller and trish the housewife.

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40110304
UPC 031398702337
UPC 14 00031398702337
Format DVD
Release Date 9/14/2004
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Actors
Name Hoffman,Philip Seym
Link Search Link
Directors
Name Todd Solondz
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Cast & Crew
Ben Gazzara - Actor
Camryn Manheim - Actor
Dylan Baker - Actor
Jane Adams - Actor
Jon Lovitz - Actor
Lara Flynn Boyle - Actor
Philip Seymore Hoffman - Actor
Todd Solondz - Director
Todd Solondz - Screenplay
Awards
Golden Globe (1999) Todd Solondz, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource New York Times
Review In Happiness, a much bigger film than his first [Welcome To The Dollhouse] and another murderous comedy of manners, Mr. Solondz gets even closer to the bone. His natural tendency to make audiences squirm leads him into material that wouldn't be mentioned in many other films; here, it's linked to the eating of ice cream sundaes. But Mr. Solondz doesn't seem to be straining for shock value when he turns the man in the sunny family portrait on the wall into the man who drugs his family's dessert. (His purpose: an assault on the son's young friend.) He fills Happiness with enough misery to make its most outrageous joke its title -- and with enough true, unexpected tenderness to warrant this view of the world.
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Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 0
ReviewSource Dallas Observer
Review Weaving together myriad interconnected plot lines with more than a dozen lives, this gifted writer-director [Todd Solondz] has fashioned a bleak, brilliant comedy about loneliness, lovelessness, and alienation -- a film that constantly upends our assumptions about what is heartbreaking, what is hilarious, and what is both. Here's a graveyard of shattered self-esteem, a lonely crowd of walking-and-talking wounded that provokes, by turns, laughter and shocked silence. For 135 minutes this moviemaker sends us wildly mixed signals about what it means to be human; about the proximity of tragedy and comedy; and about life in a society where no one in a roomful of office clerks can remember the name, or the face, of a former co-worker who's just committed suicide and where an apartment-house doorman can wind up chopped into little pieces in an upstairs tenant's freezer. Happiness is risky business indeed. Now 38, New Jersey native Solondz chooses not to satanize a pedophile, but rather to turn him this way and that in the light, looking at all of his facets. Solondz neither idealizes nor mocks a seemingly Cleaveresque household in New Jersey; instead, he examines it with pinpoint accuracy, layer by layer. In his disparate characters, he shows us rage inflamed by sadness, isolation governed by impotence. He shows the excitement in the face of a needy woman when a Russian cab driver takes up a guitar and sings to her "You Light Up My Life," of all things, in an accent as thick as borscht. Anything to find happiness. We don't know whether to laugh or cry, but the emotional jolt is powerful.
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Reviewer Bill Gallo
ReviewRating 0
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Surround Sound, Digitally Mastered, Spanish, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hoffman,Philip Seym
Label Trimark Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Ansen, Newsweek Deeply disturbing and shockingly funny, one of the few indelible movies of the year!
Janet Maslin, The New York Times Subtly savage... Evilly funny!
Newsweek Magazine #1 film of the year!

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