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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…
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.
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…
This is one of those films that I bought after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I'd wanted to collect everything I could of the great man's work especially the films I hadn't seen. I'd never seen Todd Solondz's film but had read some disturbing reviews about the unflinching content of the film and about how unsettling the tone is. Well that was an understatement. Pedophilia and human despair at the sometimes elusive quest for love isn't a mix that worked for me despite the rock solid performances from Hoffman and the surprisingly creepy Dylan Baker Hall. This felt dirty, as if I was witnessing something that I shouldn't, freaked me out a little if I'm honest, didn't like this at all.
Striking portrait of American society and its mendacity.
"Would you ever fuck me?"
and the words after that. God, this film is all kinds of secondhand embarrassment.
This was a deeply disturbing experience which left an impression on me that I wish I could take back. One of the only things I liked was how the characters were interconnected in a symphony like fashion. I wouldn't recommend this movie. It was dark for the sake of being dark and did not provide any valuable insight towards the human experience.
What a perverse movie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I have never hated a fictional character the way I hate Bill Maplewood
Damn, this film sure is something else, eh?
My first experience of this film wasn't really a proper viewing. I got the gist of a lot of it, but at the same time, a lot of it was kind of lost on me. Plus, I never saw it all.
This film is a string of incredible (and disturbing) scenes, and observations on Suburban life. Some of these stories are so great. Dylan Baker's one is arguably my favourite. It was raw, and it went places that few films go, and when they do, they hardly do it this well. I audibly made a noise when the park scene happened. I was astounded.
The parts with his son is also amazing.…
A desperately sad film which isn't afraid to go to some pretty dark places. The diverse (yet all equally tragic) roster of characters are all established coherently and each are given plenty of space to unravel. "Enjoyable" isn't the right word, but it's certainly absorbing.
Thumbs Up: The Mr. Maplewood story-line is riveting in the most unsettling way imaginable and Dylan Baker plays it with stunning clarity and conviction, Philip Seymour Hoffman is also incredible as the repressed neighbour and Lara Flynn Boyle as the self-centred poet, the sharp script balances its multiple threads well and keeps the tone consistent, solid score, the gun-violence in the park, the cringe-worthy final line.
Thumbs Down: A couple of the plot lines weren't so solid (namely Joy's and the parents'), visuals sometimes got a bit saturated, probably one of the most nihilistic films I've ever seen.
"I am not laughing at you; I'm laughing with you."
"But I'm not laughing."
Wow, I made it through Solondz's cringe-fest that is 'Happiness'. Similar to 'American Beauty', 'Election', and 'Little Children', Solondz shows us the shady side of American suburbia. With dry as a nail humor, Solondz drags us through the surrounding characters in the lives of three sisters. While each of the women have their own inherent faults, all the characters in the film are looking for their own piece of happiness. While most of their goals are self-serving or downright horrible, they all pursue what they believe will make their lives worthwhile.
While one may not agree the ways they choose to find happiness, it is amusing…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…