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The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
"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.
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.
So it turns out the title IS ironic.
If you identify with any of the characters or storylines in this film seek medical help IMMEDIATELY!
If you laughed or snickered at the totally Politically Incorrect elements of this film... Congratulations you are one sick puppy! Welcome to the club!
It was so unbelievably inappropriate it was funny! This film slaughtered sacred cows as if it were a sport!
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…
The pursuit of happiness is despairing.
Todd Solondz' way of expressing this through some more and some less gripping stories of completely different people somewhere in New Jersey is exciting to follow, even though the 134 minutes runtime have their lengths. If you like movies that present to you the deepest spiritual abyss of human beings on the journey for love and joy, this piece has it's eligibility to be on your list.
Well this was a pleasant surprise. Knowing very little about wonderful little diamond in the rough, I went into this with zero expectations, and boy was I pleased.
The film focuses on the lives of several individuals and their different neuroses and problems living in white suburban America, showcasing people's everyday struggles with problems such as sexual deviancy, divorce, depression, loneliness, frustration, insecurity, self-hate, and so much more. The way that the film continually switches from character to character could be confusing and make the film convoluted, but this marginalised by the links that are crafted between each of the characters. As well as this, the way in which comedy is fused with such dark comedy is quite brilliant, something…
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- Character Development
+/- Comedy (Not everyone can laugh.)
"Happiness" Is hilariously disturbing and realistic. So disturbing that you often feel bad for laughing.
The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil. When a young woman rejects her current overweight suitor in a restaurant, he unexpectedly places a curse on her. The film then moves on to her sisters. One is a happily married woman with a psychiatrist husband and three kids. Unfortunately the husband develops an unnatural fascination for his eleven year old son's classmates, fantasizes…
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There's dark comedies, there's even darker comedies and then there's "Happiness". You laugh a lot throughout this film, but at the same time you kind of regret it, because this has to be one of the saddest films I've ever seen.
So, the name of the film is really ironic, a bit like "Funny Games". The film's basically about how everyone has their own problems, which in the long run leads to sadness, anxiety and depression. The film contains some of the finest acting I've ever seen in an American film, and it's extremely realistic, which makes it even more disturbing. The soundtrack is on point and creates a big…
I don't think I have ever responded this physically to a film before.
This movie is the logical climax of cinema as an art form.
Strange, depressing, sickening, and funny all at the same time, "Happiness" is a truly fearless film that I really couldn't recommend to anyone.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Holy fucking shit. Todd Solondz's Happiness is definitely like a bad dream that I can't ever wake up from and it is fucking scary. I find myself looking at different people and I keep reminding myself that people can be FUCKED UP. The whole underlying, recurring theme of the film is depravity. It's really quite obvious. Solondz caught it straight on. Depravity in the shallow and haunting lifestyle that is suburban lifestyle. It's creepy. They are all humans in a state of depravity, desperation. They are all seeking help to get the fuck out of whatever hell they are in. Allen doesn't seem to stop with his fucked up phone calls. Mr. Maplewood isn't going to stop raping…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…