Three middle-class New Jersey sisters all have their problems with their families and sex lives.
"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…
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.
Why did I watch this? I'm a masochist. While watching Happiness, I felt dirty, broken, disturbed, and uncomfortable. I also laughed out loud multiple times, followed by long periods of me hating myself. I used to think I liked dark comedy… but now I'm not so sure. Everyone is great in it, it's brilliantly written, it's tonally jarring, and it's really well-done. It doesn't make light of the extremely heavy subject matter at hand, which would've made it easy to hate this film. In case you're unsure what it's about, it tells the story of a troubled therapist who moonlights as a child rapist. He's married to a woman who has two sisters, one of whom is a narcissistic writer…
As soon as I’ve finished writing this review, I’m going to get straight on the phone to Trading Standards to file a complaint about the title of this film. Having done that I’m then going to crack open a bottle of valium and wash a few of them down with a pint or two of brandy. I mean fuck me, this film is hard work. You know how they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? Well whatever you do, don’t judge Happiness by its title because it’s one of the biggest misnomers known to man and
of all the emotions you could feasibly experience, I very much doubt that happiness (or indeed any will to carry…
The most inappropriately-named film of all time? I'm sure you guys can probably think of better though.
So I was recommended this film by Hollie Horror on a thread that escapes me now. Having only seen one other Solondz film, nothing could have prepared me for the sordid nature that makes want to have a wash.
We have a variety of intrinsically-linked souls who are struggling with their various and sometimes utterly repugnant urges.This is very dark despite all the wanking and the final moment which provides an odd American Pie-style moment of comic relief.
"I came..." Ugh.
This films makes me feel like an uncomfortably filthy, disgusting, sloppy pervert.
That's probably the best compliment I can ever give a film.
I can't think of a last line that generates a bigger gut-laugh than the one in Happiness. This film is pure filth in the best and funniest way possible.
Title's a bit of a misnomer: this darkly comic look at sex and death in suburbia denies its characters much joy, but an accomplished cast make Solondz's story continually gripping until the final , gross-out/acerbic scene.
I actually think this one is the most dangerous film ever made. Another tremendous ensemble. Probably the funniest pace ever put to film.
Socking but at the same time funny. Very disturbing.
Odié de principio a fin.
This film put me in a trance. I was laughing all the way through - even the darkest moments had something to laugh at (if you have a dark sense of humor). It's a bit long, but still an extremely well written and well acted film.
So i was interested in seeing this movie for several reasons, first because it stared a pretty good cast, second i had heard that it was a good movie, and third because i had heard that this was and is a very controversial movie. I went into it, knowing absolutely nothing and expecting good things.
Happiness is directed by Todd Solondz and it stars Jane Adams,Jon Lovitz,Philip Seymour Hoffman,Dylan Baker,Lara Flynn Boyle, Justin Elvin, Cynthia Stevenson, Lila Glantzman-Leib, Rufus Read, Louise Lasser,Ben Gazzara,Camryn Manheim ,and Douglas McGrath.
And i got to say that this is one of the most difficult watches i had had in a while.
Lets start by saying that this is one of the most misleading title…
If Pedro Almodovar was born in New Jersey, he would be called Todd Solondz and would have directed this movie.