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The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
There are a lot of movies that end up making you uncomfortable while watching them, be intentionally or unintentionally.
We have our own buttons that people love to push, but then there are sometimes where simply pushing them isn't enough. Some go furiously jab at them at a sporadic pace for over two hours until you finally break down and accept the harsh realities of it all.
With that being said, "Happiness" is the most uncomfortable movie I've ever seen in my god damn life. From the moment we're introduced to most our main character's intentions and own goals in search for happiness, you end up letting out a awkard, really dry chuckle at the realization of what you're going…
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.
fascinating. I've been meaning to watch this for years now, never sure what to expect from Happiness. yes, it's potentially disturbing, unnerving, it-goes-there, but it's also so hard to pin down; satire isn't always like that. sure, i laughed my ass off as much as i whispered to my cellphone screen: "please scene, end, please, it's too awkward, i CAN'T TAKE IT!" - but i wouldn't change a thing. solondz seems like a really nice guy though, and while this is his first movie i've seen, i'm a bit unsure about checking his other stuff. this just feels so complete, dated yet timeless, immense yet contained as fuck, endlessly amusing yet perpetually repelling, a necessary film.
strange and beautiful. love the parallel storyline thing. all the characters were flawed in their own very human ways, which makes it worse when things fall apart and people get hurt. so much cringeworthy behavior, but nobody's perfect. my heart bleeds for them all. also, there's something welcoming about the era this film is frozen in. it's like a world that only ever existed in film, but so many stories have lived there.
So glad others are recognising the joys of being perturbed by this fabulously disturbing movie! Once seen, never forgotten! I'm racking my brains to come up with anything to compare it to (I haven't seen the sequel), something equally bizarre and off-colour, but nothing quite fits.
'Bad Boy Bubby' comes to mind as being in a similar ballpark but its grotesque situations are so bizarre that the film quickly becomes unbelievable, regardless of the fact that such events could occur in real life. Both films are tragi-comedies performed deadpan so you may wonder whether you should really be laughing or not; depending on how you're made, you may have to laugh to relieve the discomfort of having your buttons pushed.…
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Well, that was fucking intense...
"We all have our pluses and our minuses."
One of the great comic masterpieces. Asks the viewer to toe a line between delight and despair so thin that we feel physically off-balance when we leave the theater. But we're not out of balance, we are deeper in rhythm with the cruelties, ironies, and yes, even the tiny victories of everyday life than before.
"Veni, Vidi, Vici" Julius Caesar uttered upon his victory after the Battle of Zela. For us, it's a miracle if we can get to "I came."
I'm just glad I was alone when I watched this.
Every scene is the best scene in the film.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…