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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…
..... I now get it. Still don't think it's funny, (Black comedies just DO NOT work for me. I never laugh, i just find them sad. I get too empathetic. But that isn't a bad thing in my eyes!) But there is so much to think about. I knew in the past there was a lot to think about, but i mostly dismissed the film for way it presented its ideas and the extreme tone and mood of the film (an aspect that still effects me in a strange way.)
I have now seen this film 3 times, and thanks to my film professor he has now helped me see the film the way it should be.
Still such an…
when you start watching a movie wich first shot is a close up of jon lovitz, you spect laughter, lots of jokes (good or bad) and a "ha ha comedy". well, this is not.
happiness is what you haven't got. happiness is awkward. happiness is wrong. happiness is marvelous storytelling
Despite the fact that the ending of this film is one of the funniest things I've ever seen, I don't think I'd classify this as a comedy. It's certainly a movie I would never, ever, ever watch with my parents.
That being said, it's really fucking good.
Dad, do you know how many inches your penis is?
About the life of a handful of troubled individuals seeking happiness on a world that seems to be against them.
It's been a while since I've felt identified with someone and I'm reencountering that feeling with Todd Solondz. After watching his debut Welcome to the Dollhouse and realizing that my beloved Napoleon Dynamite had a father I just needed to see more of the guy and so I ended up visiting the controversial Happiness. Controversial because every time a film does something against what's allowed people complain that it's doing it for the sake of being shocking. Sometimes it's true, but in other cases you just gotta understand that…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
DVD. By the time the dinner scene rolls around at the end of the film everyone has a glass of wine in front of them and talks about how happy they are, the little boy comes in sincerely happy after cumming for the first time, and the dog follows and after licking up the cum kissing the mom on the mouth. This would be the perfect ending for this film if it all added up, but sadly it doesn't. With interesting stories with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Dylan Baker it comes close and with true empathy, but with the other stories (The parents, Helen, and even Joy's to some extent) it doesn't quite get there. I admire Solondz tenacity to…
The second Solondz movie I've seen, after Welcome to the Dollhouse.
• The scene where the people in the office are trying to figure out who "Andy" is--a man who worked with them for over a year and suddenly committed suicide--is brilliant. "He had a face like that actor" "I think he had a name like 'something something something'."
• I don't think I've seen Jane Adams in anything else except a very small role in Eternal Sunshine. I'm kind of in love with her in this.
• Miranda July's movies are a bit like this, except their humor is more offbeat, their characters more precious, and their narratives not quite as oppressively bleak. This might be why…
Wow, where do I even begin with this one? I want to call it a masterpiece, but at the same time I can't recommend it to anyone. However it is a must see for any film fan who is looking for a new experience as I have never seen anything like it ever before. Most people will find it too slow moving and far too disturbing. It's uncomfortable, cringeworthy and hard to watch, but it's also interesting and morally complex.
And just to be clear, 4 stars is under no circumstances my final rating. Such a hard film to review.
BOX OFFICE 💰💰💰 💲2.8 million
"This is one of those movies you come away with either getting it or missing the point completely. Definitely not a movie for most.. But even if you don't like it, you will end up talking about it. It's one of the most disturbing, honest, bizarre, awkward, and yet sometimes funny movie I have ever seen. The only film I have ever seen to sum up all those words. It was hard to watch at times. I was disgusted one moment and then laughing the next. This movie is about some horrific things and I was hesitant to watch the film knowing this. But the way the director brought those moments to the screen was…
Brilliant perspective, dark in a light way. Weird fuck, what did I just watch - I ask myself now.
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…