Happy Endings

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Released 2005

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Director:
Don Roos
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Happy Endings is a dark comedy from 2005 that contains three interconnected stories. Step-siblings, Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) and Charley (Steve Coogan), produce a child that is put up for adoption. 20 years later, an aspiring film maker, Nicky (Jesse Bradford) contacts Mamie and tells her that he will reunite her with her long-lost child, but only if he can film it for a student film. Her current lover, Javier (Bobby Cannavale) helps her decide what to do. Meanwhile, Charley who is gay, has a lover named Gil (David Sutcliff), and is in a legal battle about whether or not his lover's sperm was used for a lesbian couple's baby. Then there is Frank (Tom Arnold), who has a troubled relationship with his bisexual son. Otis (Jason Ritter) is having an affair with Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal). When Otis brings her home to meet his father he is afraid he won't like her, but Frank ends up liking her a little more than Otis ever expected.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    It's possible that Maggie Gyllenhaal will never become a major star, but there isn't an American actress in movies today who holds the screen with as much deep-seated soul.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Why aren't there more American movies like this? I mean smart, unpretentious, sophisticated, un-condescending and cheap.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A protracted parade of woefully familiar motifs from the Amerindie playbook, Happy Endings comes off like an undernourished Paul Thomas Anderson wannabe.

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    Romantic Comedy