Movies that are slightly off.
Finding happiness can be a tragic comedy.
The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
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.
I was really taken by surprise with Solondz' "in your face"-like portrayal of the many miserable people who are struggling with one thing or the other in this so called "comedy".
I'd like to think that I'm a pretty decent human being, but a lot of things with this movie had me questioning my sense of humor. I mean, some scenes in this is so god damn uncomfortable. I laughed my ass of in many of the pedophilia scenes (which I guess is one way or the other the point, but I still felt guilty).
To be fair, Todd Solondz has created a hilarious and at times disturbing film. It has some surprising depth to it, dealing with happiness and…
me before: I mean this can't be that bad right
me after: that's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight, losing my religion
REALLY messed up in some aspects. Todd Solondz, man, I don't know where you think up some of this stuff. I like to think of this movie as an exhibit of how impossible happiness is to obtain, for in some cases, true happiness comes with consequences, especially if that happiness arises from murder or molestation. My only problem with this movie is that it was extremely long at times, and it could have been shortened a bit. Not sure how to recover from this one.
RIP kid's Tamagotchi
Easily one of the most uneasy films I've seen in my life, Happiness has a superbly crafted and disturbing plot line. Though a black comedy, the film features characters who do heinous things, yet are portrayed as every day Americans. Fav moment: John Lovitz crying in a restaurant.
Happiness is a boring, insensitive and cold-hearted film that simply lacks the substance to justify the amount of disturbing content that it confidently flaunts in the face of the audience. This was only the second Todd Solondz film I have seen, and I thought Welcome to the Dollhouse was promising evidence for a pretty good filmmaker, but then I saw Happiness. It just feels like Todd Solondz is trying to make the audience feel uncomfortable in their seats because he has the authority to do so as a filmmaker. And having an ironic title for this grotesque display of humanity does not make it any more intelligent or interesting.
Another issue I had with this film is its visual style,…
I love seeing a story about a kid's struggle to cum for the first time as much as anyone else, but here, it just doesn't feel like it has much going on behind it.
Happiness is a shocking and bleak satire of the modern human condition that centers around an interconnected group of ironically miserable characters all in pursuit of what they believe will make them happy. The film pulls no punches, and unapologetically emphasizes that people's pursuit of fulfillment goes to lengths that cause misery to themselves and those around them.
Writer and Director Todd Solondz freely explores our cultural preoccupation with happiness as a function of sexual gratification through a number of characters whose actions go beyond deviance. The film also touches on people's tendency to search for happiness in romantic relationships, even in the face of incompatibility and red flags.
Happiness is a film that idealizes nothing. The most likable, selfless,…
........ it's not that deep
Sorry I keep watching this but I love showing my friends. It's just too good.
Felicidad es lo que uno irremediablemente siente cuando acaba esta cruda y mordaz anticomedia, con la que, sorprendentemente, me he reído de manera incontrolable pero, a la vez, lo he pasado realmente mal.
El viaje que Todd Solondz nos ofrece está cargado de tremendos golpes de realidad indecentes y despiadados envueltos en un halo de comicidad casi insoportable en los que la risa aparece siempre acompañada de la culpa, una culpa que se vuelve aún peor cuando no sientes lo que normalmente deberías.
Creo que "Happiness" podría definirse suficientemente bien como una película provocadora. Además, en su provocación, los extremos casi llegan a encontrarse. Por ejemplo, el personaje de Phillip Seymour Hoffman me provoca una repulsión casi palpable, el tipo…
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