Happiness

Happiness

DVD - 2003
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A dark comedy that centers around three sisters struggling to achieve happiness and middle class perfection. Includes illicit sexual behavior.
Publisher: [United States] : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2003
ISBN: 9781588177339
1588177335
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hrs., 20 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
Oct 20, 2017

Things were not going well for each member of the Jordan family. The retired boomer grandpa wanted “space” with grandma and each of their three adult daughters were either looking for romantic relationship in the wrong places or trapped in a controversial marriage. Enjoyed the film because the deadpan actors were spilling their far from perfect beans to us. We don't have neighbors, friends or relatives like those fools ... or terrorists, felons or serial killers right?

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ArchCapedog
Jul 16, 2016

This movie diminishes ones humanity, and left me feeling sick. There were no redeeming features, though my hope for some kept me watching. Ugly and NOT funny.

mcmurray777 Oct 08, 2015

This is a very uncomfortable movie to watch. Centered around the lives of three adult sisters. One has a perv stalker, one just can't get the dating scene and the married sister, the one with the seemingly perfect life, is married to a pedophile. Watching the husband verbally interact with the 11 year old son is borderline porno.
When it's over you will ask what was the purpose of the movie, then you will ask yourself why you wasted you time watching it.

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jonnybroom
Jun 26, 2015

There's some truth in this story, but the irony is so slanted that It's hard to tell funny from sad or truth from distortion. The characterizations of the three woman are well drawn, and the performances by Adams, Boyle and Stevenson are compelling. But children are the victims, and the adult male characters are deeply disturbed. I hope I don't have to watch this film again.

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john_doh17
May 05, 2014

Dark humor, needs much more humor. There were a few funny spots (somewhat sick), but it really dragged. Most of the characters were sad/miserable, or just plain messed up. I could laugh more at them if they ever realized what was wrong, but they never seemed to pick up on it.

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jazeebelle
Apr 24, 2014

A wonderfully painful look at the ugly sides of human nature. Amazing cast and props for having the balls to do it. The dark humor moments are equally as wonderful. NOT FOR EVERYONE. Def not your mainstream or "date night" movie. Dylan Baker is amazing at a character many would turn down and only a person who wants to shine light on one of the most taboo (and horribly unforgivable) yet unfortunately all too real subjects and subject matter.

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bri4daz
Feb 04, 2014

Yes, it's an awful subject, but I think that it's important to have movies and writings about things that make us uncomfortable so that we are aware of what the world is REALLY like. I think it's wrong to go around with your eyes closed and deny that bad things happen to people. I can understand if you just don't want to see it on a film, but I don't understand why some would give such an excellent film -- in terms of writing, casting, acting, directing, etc.-- a low rating just because it was uncomfortable to watch.

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Basileus
Sep 01, 2011

I thought this was an excellent movie. But it shines a light on the darker side of human nature that isn't always pleasant to watch. Utmost discretion should be used before you decide to see the movie.

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photogrrlkp
Sep 01, 2011

I really can't stand movies that seem to be uncomfortable simply to be uncomfortable, and for me, this film lands firmly in that category. Very dark humor, which I can enjoy in other settings, but this was just work to watch. The cast is amazing and offer fine performances, but this was just not for me.

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ja_uulia
Apr 05, 2011

I should have researched this one better befor eI watched. Really awful aspects of demented human behaviour.

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jazeebelle
Apr 24, 2014

jazeebelle thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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jimg2000
Oct 20, 2017

Many quotes in IMDb as "You know I wish you had told me this twenty years ago. Now I'm gonna have to get another FXCKING FACELIFT!" but the on topic one is the lyrics of original theme song "Happiness":

It seems the things I've wanted
in my life, I've never had
So it's no surprise
that living only leaves me sad
Happiness where are you?
I've searched so long for you
Happiness what are you?
I haven't got a clue
Happiness why do you
have to stay...
so far away...
from me?
When I'm in despair
and life has turned into a mess
I know that I don't dare
to end my search for happiness
Happiness where are you?
I've searched so long for you
Happiness what are you?
I haven't got a clue
Happiness why do you
have to stay...
so far away...
from me?
Happiness sometimes
I think I see you from afar
When I run to catch you though,
that's just not where you are
Happiness sometimes
I think I see you from afar
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