All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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.
Film #26 of the "November 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #12 A film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman!
"People are always putting New Jersey down, none of my friends can believe I live here. They don't get it, I'm living in a state of irony."
What a delectably dark film. It's hilarious, disturbing, heartbreaking, and downright weird. It's depraved as shit and gets really dangerous and nauseating at times. But it's brilliant and so clever too. Todd Solondz has one of the most unique visions in filmmaking, and Happiness is just the tip of the iceberg.
This film is a voyeuristic look at broken people living the most perverted and immoral nights of their lives. It's a film that looks…
All these great reviews for a movie that is about ugly people doing ugly things. It's hard to offend me, I can take about anything. But this was beyond the pale. Time I will never get back.
Good acting though.
"I mean we all have our... you know... our pluses and minuses."
Todd Solondz's decidedly bleak dark comedy 'Happiness' presents a grim view of isolation and loneliness in 20th century America. This ensemble piece follows a group of morally dubious individuals as they seek self-fulfillment and happiness. The happiness they seek in Solondz's universe is non-existent.
Featuring biting social satire, and an often saccharine musical score, what ultimately makes 'Happiness' such a difficult film to watch is the way that Solondz refrains from making any judgments on his characters, or instilling them with any sense of morality. 'Happiness' shows these often pitiful characters just as they are - hopelessly grasping for meaning in a world that refuses to offer it to them.
Highly unsettling, but I'd love to revisit this movie because I really enjoyed it when I watched it. Well, maybe "enjoy" isn't the word. But maybe it is.
So deeply, uncompromisingly committed to working out its bleak logic that it eventually attains a sort of weird, singular grandeur. Any movie can laugh at pathetic people, but I think this is suggesting that the search for happiness is innately selfish and destructive. This isn't a movie about sociopaths, it's about human beings in a hopeless pursuit, one in which every step puts the goal further out of reach. And it is very, very sad.
I saw this for the first time when I was about 16 and I think maybe the cover compelled me to pick it up at random from the library. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. For the longest time gleefully recommended it to good friends as the most uncomfortable movie I've ever seen.
Film #18 Scavenger Hunt November
Task #12 Film Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman
I don't think I can truly give this film a star rating. I thought the actors were incredible and the story was done really well, but gosh what a movie. I really felt disgusted after I was done watching the movie. I really didn't think there was one good person in the movie. I've always heard people talk of movies that are one and done...meaning a movie you couldn't imagine sitting through again. I would definitely say Happiness is one of those movies. It would be really hard to recommend to anyone, but it is worth a watch for how well the story is done and how well acted the parts are.
The sense of humor Todd Solondz possesses will will either repulse or amuse any viewer. Perhaps even both. While Solondz does seem to aim at shock value, there’s this simple way he approaches it that makes it feel absent of exploitation. His character just seem so naturally within his realm of darkness that it feels difficult to shoot him down as purely cynical. "Happiness" is depressing to think about - and even funnier to talk about. The places it goes in terms of both character and technicality are to be admired - touching on situations of bleakness and repulsion without making the characters unsympathetic or empty-headed creatures of one-dimensionality. That we laugh at them, not because of who they are but by what they do, is why Solondz is humane in his writing; and isn’t credited enough for his potent feel for emotion.
Honestly, if Philip Seymour Hoffman ejaculating onto a wall and Jared Harris sporting a pornstache, Russian accent and ‘I <3 NJ’ t-shirt isn’t your idea of cinematic perfection, then we have very little to discuss. Generally I could take or leave child rape, but this is comfortably the funniest portrayal of that particular comedy goldmine I’ve ever seen. The final scene of the paedophile plot line had me stifling laughter just because of how preposterously dark it gets. You’d never get away with making this in 2015 and that’s part of why Happiness feels so special. Cum.
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…