Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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…
I was wondering why this dark comedy had been described by some as "dangerous." Now I know. If you laugh out loud, you're a pervert. If you chuckle, you're sick. And if you fail to break a smile, you're probably a cadaver. Much as we might hate to admit it, we all have our dark sides and finding humor in other people's depravity is one way we cope with reality.
On the face of it, this film is a simple story of three middle-aged sisters making their way through life. But it is what's beneath the surface that produces an array of lip-biting, blush inducing, hand-wrenching conversations and behaviors. Trish (Cynthia Stevenson) is the eldest of the trio, a stay-at-home…
I'd jerk off instead.
"Do you remember Pedro's penis?"
"You mean the one that was cut off?"
are you fucking kidding me?
I had seen Dylan Baker Hall in a few things, and always knew he was a good actor, but damn. The writing and acting had me going from sympathizing with him, to pitying him, to being shocked by him, to pitying him again. Not to mention the wonderful Philip Seymour Hoffman as a socially-awkward pervert and Jane Adams as a lonely woman looking for happiness. If this description sounds depressing, I should also mention Happiness is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. If you're a fan of Todd Solondz or dark humor in general, watch this movie.
Just as disturbing as I remember. A morosely black comedy about the essential things in life. Things like sexuality, relationships, growing up, normality, loneliness, fulfillment, family, and how these things all add up to happiness, or in this case unhappiness. Though I don't think unhappiness would be as good of a title.
What an uncomfortable yet funny sit through.
Pelicula coral, sobre una tipica familia americana con secretos.
Interesante retrato de la hipocrita ciudad americana.
i laughed too hard i'm such a piece of shit
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In my opinion, Solondz's best. The one thing that strikes me after rewetting it countless times, is the fact he doesn't treat these people like monsters. Paedophile's, perverts and losers. All human.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).