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Happiness (1998)

Jane Adams , Jon Lovitz , Todd Solondz  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle
  • Directors: Todd Solondz
  • Writers: Todd Solondz
  • Producers: Christine Vachon, David Linde, James Schamus, Pamela Koffler, Ted Hope
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092T3F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Happiness" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Jane Adams, Dylan Baker. From the director of Welcome to the Dollhouse comes this black comedy about a sympathetic pedophile and the other troubled members of his family. 1998/color/139 min/NR.

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118 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
There have been few times that I've sat for more than two hours, intently watching a film, screaming "I hate this movie!" as the credits begin to roll, but then realize that I don't hate it at all. In fact, I don't know if that has ever happened before, but last night, after the final, revolting line of Todd Solondz's 1998 shocker Happiness, I did just that, and probably because I couldn't bring myself to admit I liked it. It's a movie that deals with wildly perverse subject matter, contains not a truly likeable character in the whole bunch, and doesn't even bother to show the consequences of the horrible actions for any of its transgressors. If there is a poster-child movie for complete and total amorality, Happiness is the one. But I liked it, and that scares me.

Joy (Jane Adams) has absolutely nothing in common with her name; her sister Helen (Lara Flynn Boyle) is a sultry, narcissistic author who wants the experience of being raped to make her writing authentic; other sister Trish (Cynthia Stevenson) is married to Dr. Bill Maplewood (Dylan Baker) and has three kids. Dr. Bill is a pedophile who pleasures himself to teen magazines in the backseat of his car and has dreams of murdering strangers in a park; Dr. Bill's strangest patient, Allen (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), makes obscene phone calls and has an inventive way of pasting postcards to the wall; Allen's neighbor, Kristina (Camryn Manheim), is in love with him but has her own disgusting little story to hide. Nearly every character has a dark side, the only truly 'good' one (Joy) seems to get everything wrong, and the one romance that blooms during the movie has a twinge of wrongness to it.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Out Your Addressbook and See for Yourself September 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Happiness tells the terrible truth about our blank lives. No guns, no catchphrases, no handy resolution. This is us. Reviewers who claim that it's too negative should try a simple experiment: get out your addressbook and go through ten randomly-chosen names. Then ask yourself whether Happiness is really an exaggeration of the terrible loneliness of cubicle-life in the American middle class.
Hate this film if you like, but at least tell the truth about why you hate it: because it shows the simple, bland, unbearable truth.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Represents everything good about indepent film June 2, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Definitely one of the best movies of the decade, and one of the best independent films of all time. I saw this movie in the theater because i was already of fan of the director, Todd Solondz, after seeing and loving his first film, Welcome to the Dollhouse. This film goes where no film has dared even think about going in the past, completely redefing the term "black comedy". The movie intertwines several loosely related plotlines(a la Pulp Fiction), all involving outwardly banal suburban characters whose private lives are actually teeming with depravity and tragedy, ineptitude and self-loathing. The film is at its most audacious when following the trials and tribulations of an average suburban psychologist who also just happens to be a homosexual pedophile. In this particular storyline, Solondz takes this repellent figure, this Grendel of modern society, and exposes his life in such tragically comic and crushingly depressing tones as to make you reevaluate your initial preconceived notions of the John Wayne Gaycie's of the world. This film has the singular distinction of containing the only scene in which i felt the urge to laugh, vomit, and cry simultaneously. If you are a prude or a moralizing, close-minded fundamentalist of one type or another, you will probably find this movie "filthy" and "morally bankrupt". If so, then you, of course, are the type of person who needs to see this movie most of all. Anyone else with an open mind and a taste for shocking, thought provoking media of any kind will enjoy this unsentimental look at the by-products of America's Suburban Utopia.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone December 29, 1999
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This film is dark, disturbing, and filled with flashes of black, absurd humor. The principle characters are ordinary middle class people who happen to be haunted by their very personal demons. I ask myself why I loved this film, and why I didn't simply run screaming in disgust. My answer is that I could relate to these characters; that their dilemmas rang true to me, and I cared about their fates. If you're a person with a sunny disposition and not inclined towards introspection, you'll find no use for this film, and you'll wonder why anyone would bother to make it. But if you're of a darker nature, struggling to stay on track and do right in a world that appears to be amoral and inappropriately happy, then consider spending an hour or two with Todd Solondz and his characters.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking eye-opener August 17, 2000
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This is one of those films that suddenly hit you, when you don't expect it. I would say that Happiness is a film in a Robert Altman style but with a very realistic touch. Altman's films are maybe less realistic because you recognize those famous actors and that's exactly the feeling that I did not have while watching Happiness. The film is very realistic and authentic to me, the way the actors mold their character and the way they relate to the others is superb and very non-selfish from an actor's point of view. What I am trying to say here, is that this is one of those rare films in which you can see people playing other people without noticing it's all worked out in a script. I'd like to mention David Lynch's masterwork, 'the Straight story', in which Sissy Spacek plays this stuttering daughter in a way that can only be described as heartbreaking realistic and very heartwarming at the same time. Some of the characters in Happiness did the same to me and that makes me say that this movie is a must-see. Although every viewer should be warned that there are some shocking moments and images, but they are all in place where they belong if you can take it. It is a movie about ordinary people living their ordinary, sometimes average life, and the way they are connected to eachother. Sometimes not knowing that they are connected, or will be connected at a certain moment in time, maybe in a certain place or brought together by people they both know. In this way, Happiness has some parallels with Robert Altman's 'Short Cuts', but Happiness stands out as a shocking, sometimes even funny but very present day in-depth look into people and their lives. Definitely Five Stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman :-(
I saw this movie a long time ago, and bought it after the sad passing of Phillip Seymour-Hoffman. It is definitely a movie for adults, and has some pretty disturbing kind of gross... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Shay Howey
5.0 out of 5 stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman Rules
Happiness is in the person of the experiencer. This film is truly and one hundred percent completely off the chain.
Published 14 days ago by Arasmus
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting, quirky movie
I found this interesting, and it definitely kept my attention. It seemed to vacillate between dark comedy and psychoanalytical drama ala Ingmar Bergman / Woody Allen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cat Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not so Happy as the title suggests
This movie shows the truth and hardship behind sexual frustration. It is a compelling and interesting character study of multiple interrelated characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Unvericht
4.0 out of 5 stars Wife happy with the gift....
I can't give a personal review about the book as it was a present for my wife. I do feel comfortable giving a review and four stars from my wife's description and reaction though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Geoblime
4.0 out of 5 stars Sick, twisted and uncomfortable…
I’ll just start by saying that ‘Happiness’ is completely messed up.

I honestly don’t know what else to say. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Ellington
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
A weird, dark, creepy movie. When this first came out I saw it, and then I kind of forgot about it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bleeeaarrg
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange brew
There are a number of interesting things to say about this; you can read them on everybody's favorite reference site. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dust
5.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
Thought-provoking stories and dark humor. Good director and cast. Worth watching at least twice. Creative genre and hard to forget.
Published 9 months ago by Thais G,
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is not for everyone
This is an incredible and complex movie that peers into the life of one family. Each of the family members is dark and deeply troubled. Read more
Published 10 months ago by average josephine
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