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The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
There are a lot of movies that end up making you uncomfortable while watching them, be intentionally or unintentionally.
We have our own buttons that people love to push, but then there are sometimes where simply pushing them isn't enough. Some go furiously jab at them at a sporadic pace for over two hours until you finally break down and accept the harsh realities of it all.
With that being said, "Happiness" is the most uncomfortable movie I've ever seen in my god damn life. From the moment we're introduced to most our main character's intentions and own goals in search for happiness, you end up letting out a awkard, really dry chuckle at the realization of what you're going…
It's like unintentionally burping mid-conversation.
It's like having to go to the bathroom really badly while you're stuck in traffic.
It's like walking in on your parents while they're doing the nasty.
It's like misreading an invitation and mistakenly thinking you're going to a costume party.
It's like watching porn with your grandparents.
And I love every single second of it.
"I'm not laughing AT you. I'm laughing WITH you."
"But I'm not laughing."
Is it fucked up that I laughed my way through all of this?
Is it fucked up that I think the line "I'm champagne. YOU'RE shit!" is the greatest way to tell off your ex I've ever heard?
Is it fucked up that I thought that scene of the kid asking his dad "What does cum mean?" is the strangest and funniest thing I've seen in a movie?
Is it fucked up that I think the Russian Guy is one of the coolest motherfuckers put on screen?
And when Philip Seymour Hoffman came on the wall...I puked a little.
Seriously, don't eat while watching this. I'll never…
So it turns out the title IS ironic.
My first Todd Solondz film and I'm not sure when I'll be mentally prepared to venture into another one of his - although I'm still very intrigued to at some point. Happiness is one of the most uncomfortable, shocking (in the 'I-can't-believe-it-just-went-there' kind of way) and disconcerting drama/darkest-kinda-comedy-possible films I've seen in quite some time, if not ever. Holy shit.
And, once again, I am left amazed by another fantastic performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was one of the absolute best around. May he rest in peace.
Imagina todo lo que encontramos social y moralmente incorrecto pero en una nueva retrospectiva en donde la gente que hace esas cosas son los protagonistas de una película, de manera que el personaje más "normal", la mujer que hace todo lo socialmente aceptable es de alguna forma un personaje que nos cae mal.
Eso es happiness, más mucha comedia de la más oscura y no apta para gente sensible ante ciertos temas.
La amé, amé especialmente el diálogo y el que me hayan importado las historias de todos los personajes, cosa que generalmente es muy difícil en este tipo de películas en donde de alguna manera son varias historias casi independientes.
I wonder what does it say about myself that I enjoyed the hell out of this movie. I have to say that this movie isn't for everyone, it's dark comedy and uncomfortable scenes will make many a movie-goer walk out in disgust. However, if you are like me and can enjoy the dark satire that Solondz presents us, you're in for a good one. This movie had me laughing for sure, but I believe that the way these characters are written is what really captivated me (not to mention Seymour Hoffman is great) I mean, these are characters that we shouldn't like, yet I found myself feeling pity for them, even sympathising with them because of their transparent humanity. First time I watched one of Solondz's films, definitely not the last one.
genius. i love that it explores how people confuse pleasure with happiness. also, such a fantastic example of how to use the world around you to make people feel stuff. I can't believe Fred (an adult) recommended it to me but i think i am glad he did
Um. That movie was uh.... ummmm...
This is easily one of the finest American films of the 90's, hands down. I've now seen it in three separate formats: theatrically, on VHS from a 'Blockbuster' store, and on DVD. The theatrical and VHS releases seem to have some scenes which the DVD no longer does. Can anyone explain what happened?
Very uncomfortable watch, however that's the point. I was told by Watchmojo that I would feel sympathetic towards the pedophile in this film however when someone rapes two boys I can't really feel anything good towards them. Great movie though, very worth a watch.
Well, this was awkward.
Happiness kind of reminded me of 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Contemplating Existence', in style and tone and in its sardonic and sometimes surreal humour, though of course this came first and it's most certainly a lot darker. A lot darker.
Like the aforementioned movie, it's a series of vignettes of people whose lives are interwoven and whose deficiencies and insecurities are unequivocally manifest. Despite the ridiculousness and the awkwardness of the situations most of the characters find themselves in, they are relatable in some strange way. Maybe not all of the situations exactly or the way all of the characters behave, but certainly in the sense that we're not adequately equipped to deal with…
A thought-provoking and shocking dramedy highlighted by its pitch black humor and remarkable ensemble cast.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…