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Happy Tears (2009)

Demi Moore , Parker Posey  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Demi Moore, Parker Posey, Rip Torn, Ellen Barkin, Christian Camargo
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate - Mongrel Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EA45EA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Happy Tears" on IMDb

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Jayne (Parker Posey) and Laura (Demi Moore) are about to take on the first man they just might not be able to handle: their father Joe (Rip Torn). Dutiful daughters returning to the house they grew up in, Jayne and Laura are forced to take a closer look at their own not-so-perfect lives. Laura suspects that Joe needs full-time care, but Jayne refuses to believe that their father’s condition is serious. Jayne’s compulsion to escape reality only increases Laura’s attempts to yank her back down to earth. Meanwhile, Joe still sings and plays the blues on his prized guitar, and the lively widower even has a new “ladyfriend,” shameless and sassy Shelly (Ellen Barkin). Tensions flare as Joe’s senility increases and the close sisters must also juggle their own very different lives – but their adventures back home are not without merriment, mischief and even a little childhood magic.

Parker Posey and Demi Moore prove inspired casting as troubled sisters in Happy Tears. Posey (all quirks and neuroses) plays Jayne, the sister who married the wealthy but unstable son of a famous artist and is now enveloped in a bubble of money; Moore (half woman warrior, half earth mother) plays Laura, the sister who isn't rich and who has ended up taking care of their increasingly erratic father, Joe (Rip Torn, Men in Black, The Larry Sanders Show), and who is managing--just barely--not to resent Jayne for the difference in their lives. But Joe is slipping into dementia and giving away money to a needy addict named Shelly (Ellen Barkin, Ocean's Thirteen, Sea of Love), so Jayne comes back home to decide with Laura what to do. Happy Tears is a peculiar yet vivid movie; the naturalistic surface of its domestic drama is punctured with odd moments of surrealism, such as when Jayne hallucinates that a boot salesman has turned into a vulture. The plot wanders, the characters are explored unevenly, yet moment to moment Happy Tears holds you by virtue of a surprising honesty. Jayne, Laura, Joe, and Shelly feel--despite a bit of hamminess in the performances--like real people, with jagged edges that can't be ignored or explained away. --Bret Fetzer

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful,Touching and FUNNY!!! August 3, 2010
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Wonderfully acted by everyone! Rip Torn is a dream but cudos to all! Interesting story line and a perceptive look at familial relationships. It gets a little trippy but that's part of the fun. Wacky, crazy, funny and oddly relatable, the movie is a joyous and touching ride. It resonates for days after. LOVED IT!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this flick! June 14, 2010
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I saw this movie twice through my On Demand function, I loved it that much! (on two separate PAID occasions!) Parker Posey is apparently the "Queen" of indie films, and even though she gives her usual great performance here, it's Ellen Barkin who steals the show in my opinion, especially since I didn't recognize her at first. Her character cracks me up, so to speak, pun intended. She is absolutely hilarious as the "nurse"/exotic dancer who is living off Parker Posey's and Demi Moore's father, who is played by Rip Torn. Mr. Torn also gives a great turn as the deteriorating parent who is going through dementia. It is a combination of sad and hilarious as the girls deal with their father's condition and argue about their upbringing and who is ultimately currently responsible for his care at any given time. There is supposedly a buried treasure in the backyard; one daughter unquestionably believes and the other has never believed in it. This film is very touching and lightly funny, the performances are excellent, and I truly feel Ms. Barkin deserves an award for her portrayal of the exotic dancer/nurse, although she wasn't in the film very much. Demi Moore is outstanding as the more "together" sister, taking charge, and getting things done. Currently waiting for my own personal copy, this is one film that I won't mind watching over and over and over, which is rare for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy Tears April 3, 2011
This movie is the story of two sisters taking care
of their ailing father. It is a weird movie with
many flashbacks and dream like scenes.

I like action movies, and this was not my kind of
movie. However, if you like movies that deal with
relationships with some humour this is a good
movie to watch.

Demi Moore and Parker Posey acting was very good.
I do remember Ellen Barkin from the movie Big Easy, she
was really hot in that movie. And yes it was that
memorable. :) Wow, what a difference!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funy and sad February 26, 2013
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Talk about a dysfunctional family! There is laughter and tears and the movie does bring "Happy Tears". The characters are varied and big names are filling many of the roles. It makes one who is a caregiver for an elderly person understand more fully their role. What a wonderful experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy To Have Rented This Onr October 30, 2013
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This movie is s crack up. One of Moore 's best work since Ghost .Posey is funny as hell in this. Ellen Barken as their trick turning Dad's girlfriend does s brilliant job. Rip Torn is his divinely loony bin self. Overall its well worth the rental fee as it is very entertaining.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste. September 11, 2014
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Not a well made movie. Disjointed and poorly written. The actors did not have a chance. Not worth even $2.99. Not even $0.99. Waste of time and money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry this one is boring February 9, 2013
By GemKB
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Figured it had potential to be funny. But is wasn't, and not very interesting. Can't reccomend this movie to anyone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible film October 14, 2012
By citizen
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Please dont waste a second of your life watching this film. Roy Lichtenstien's brilliants starts and ends on the cover.
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