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Happiness (1998 movie)

4 Ratings: 3.3
A movie directed by Todd Solondz

Building on the darkly comic angst of WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, Todd Solondz's HAPPINESS conveys suburban desperation and frustration on a larger scale than his previous film. The ensemble cast of characters centers around the lives of three sisters: … see full wiki

Director: Todd Solondz
Release Date: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
4 reviews about Happiness (1998 movie)
review by . July 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****     Denied its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and the subject of much post-criticism and controversy around the time of its release, you can take one good glance at Todd Solondz's "Happiness" and see what all the goddamn commotion is about. It is amongst one of the most difficult, disturbing films I've seen; and it tackles some of the ickiest and oddest subjects that most films don't care to touch. Let's just say that if you're sensitive to the graphic …
review by . September 03, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: solid cast delivery, story line     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: "Happiness  How did you get to be happiness?  How did you get to find love, real love?"  ~ Goldfrapp     Totally unlike 13 Conversations ..., I found this movie, Happiness, quite a bit more interesting in their search for happiness. Certainly it was dark in many aspects, but to let that overshadow the entire movie really undermines the story. …
review by . December 10, 2007
This film is indeed marvelous. Todd Solondz combines really absurd situations and embarrassing moments -some of which most of us do encounter in daily life and some we hopefully won't- with serious issues. Thus, this film provides not only a very high degree of entertainment -Solondz' sense for irony is exceptional-, it gives you a critical view on society without judging or condemning or forcing you to think one way or the other. I am genuinely impressed by Happiness and its cast full of great …
review by . March 20, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Man, this is difficult, difficult movie!! It's packed full of thoroughly unlikeable characters. And they do some awfully uncomfortable things.The actors are all outstanding. Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a loser (what a stretch!!) who starts making obscene phone calls to his next door neighbor (Lara Flynn Boyle), who enjoys them. What happens when they meet? That's just one sample of the kind of interactions you might see in this movie. It plays a little like MAGNOLIA, but without much of the hopeful …
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