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Happy Endings (2005)

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Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictability of life itself.

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Don Roos

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Don Roos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Kudrow ... Mamie
Steve Coogan ... Charley
Jesse Bradford ... Nicky
Bobby Cannavale ... Javier
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jude
Jason Ritter ... Otis
Tom Arnold ... Frank
David Sutcliffe ... Gil
Sarah Clarke ... Diane
Laura Dern ... Pam
Hallee Hirsh ... Mamie at 17
Eric Jungmann ... Charley at 16 / Tom
Kim Morgan Greene ... Connie Peppitone
Rayne Marcus ... Annette
Caitlyn Folley ... Lauren (as Caker Folley)
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Storyline

An ensemble cast telling 10 stories with intertwining characters. One story is about a father and son who are dating the same woman . Another features a woman who long ago gave her baby up for adoption but is now being blackmailed by a documentary filmmaker who claims to know the now-grown child's whereabouts. Written by Anonymous

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Everybody wants one. See more »


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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Endings See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$240,075, 17 July 2005

Gross USA:

$1,315,701

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,682,206
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lions Gate Films See more »
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Features Tom Arnold's first sex scene See more »

Goofs

When Jude and Otis were getting ready to have sex in his room, she takes off her pants and in the next scene her pants are back on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charley: [chasing Mamie] Wait! Wait!
Woman Driver: [hits Mamie] My God! Oh my God! Oh my God! I didn't see her! I didn't see her!
Charley: Oh my God!
Woman Driver: Oh my God, I'm so sorry, I didn't see her!
Charley: Do you have a cell? Call 911!
Woman Driver: Oh God.
Passerby: Hey, is she all right?
Charley: I don't know.
Woman Driver: [on phone] 911? Yes, hurry, we need an ambulance quick.
[...]
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Special thanks to the Stephen Blake family See more »

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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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juggling with soap opera abandon
18 February 2006 | by ThurstonHungerSee all my reviews

I rented this film out of brotherly love, and it actually starts with a very different act of brotherly love as well...but not the good kind. I didn't even realize this was the director of The Opposite of Sex until discussing this with a friend.

Anyways, I don't find this to be a comedy, as it is as bemusing as it is amusing. Roos does give a handful of actors chances to go over the top, which works while also giving this a sort of sitcom feel. At the same time, touching upon people's need to have some dirt, or special secret in their lives and using the old movie-in-a-movie trick makes certain this isn't a film that was knocked out as poorly as Mamie (often pronounced Mommy it seemed to me) was knocked up.

The film is a celebration of quirkiness, which thanks to avoiding clichés works okay for me. It actually drew my wife in to watching it with its sort of soap operatic maneuvers. Although the series of false endings, then more denouement, then another false ending she found maddening. She also was distracted by the text sidebars that give us an omnipotent wink as to what is going on, and in some cases completely undercut the dramatic tension going on. Just don't watch the film with subtitles on at the same time...

The idea of the quest for the lost son, as opposed to lost father also was interesting, but this film likes its characters more than its themes I suspect. Again, a sort of soap opera strength.

I recognized but could not place Jesse Bradford here, from his recurring stint on West Wing as a scion of political privilege. And same was true for Bobby Cannavale even goofier here than in the "Station Agent" Really the whole cast seemed to embrace their outlandish characters and I think that's this film's forte. Kind of like watching some nice juggling, and all the balls fall in place ultimately.

6/10


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