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Plot: A family weekend is fraught with emotional landmines for mercurial and sensitive Lynn (Barkin) as she arrives at her parents' Annapolis estate for the marriage of her estranged eldest son Dylan (Michael Nardelli), accompanied by her three younger children (Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Daniel Yelsky). Lynn's hopes for a joyful reunion are crushed as her wry but troubled middle son Elliot (Ezra Miller) lobs verbal grenades at his mother and her relatives while daughter Alice (Kate Bosworth), a fights valiantly to keep her longtime demons under control. The weekend quickly unravels as Lynn demands to be heard by her aloof, disdainful mother (Ellen Burstyn), ailing, distant father (George Kennedy) and ever-judgmental sisters (Siobhan Fallon, Diana Scarwid), but most especially by her ex-husband Paul (Thomas Hayden Church) and his hot-tempered second wife Patty (Demi Moore). Confronted with the deeply painful, half-buried truths that have given rise to the family's primal web ofresentments and recriminations, Lynn struggles to maintain her equilibrium as her best attempts at reconciliation veer quickly off-course. Runtime: 119 mins Release Date: 07 Dec 2011
Film Bears Strong Witness to Foul Legal Inheritance (by pikesmarket)
Just saw at Sundance today----ANOTHER HAPPY DAY. And as a divorced and remarried mother, I see the whole tale, all of it, tracing back to the basic horror of courts giving orders to families. An insult to all, these court-ordered "visitations" and "custodies" hark back to the American days of slavery and even to the Indian genocide: they make property and payment and displacement and exile the rule of ownership.A woman becomes a convenient cottage industry, a child becomes a ward and an orderable, and children are driven from reservation to reservation till the collective <more>
guilt about contemporary divorce is exhausted through thousands of highway miles and chartable attendance hours at the new school of reform: pay for your parents' divorce through hours, miles, and tears, and dislocation. Children are robbed of the sanctuary of mother and home. From these agonies and this perpetuated abuse of childhood this film came. Majestic. True.
I saw this film at Sundance '11...never heard of the director, didn't know what I was walking into.The film opens up with 4:3 aspect ratio home footage and I'm thinking..."Oh no, what did I get myself into?" But the pace was fast and so I figured, "I'll keep watching." I'm glad this film held my attention and ant-sized span of interest.This is one of the best films I've seen all year.The acting: including especially the supporting actors it's fantastic and real. This film is about real reactions, situations, dramatizations, and family dynamic. <more>
I would love to read the screenplay and see how closely it was followed.Sam Levinson has a very successful career ahead of him. After the film there was a Q&A and Sam nervously got on stage to introduce the actors. He started forgetting the names of people and there was some laughter in the audience. I think everyone felt the same way about the film afterwards--awestruck and humbled by his demeanor.I've never met Sam, but he seems to be an endearing person and I think he put his heart into this film. I aspire to direct great films like Another Happy Day.
Another Happy Day isn't the typical comedy film; it is a drama than a comedy, in fact. The screenplay is well-written, as are the character. The directing is really good - the sequence shot in which the camera is following Demi Moore, on the music "Poland" by Oladur Arnalds is gorgeous -, I loved the soundtrack and found the casting to be interesting; the characters are truly believable & relivable. Maybe my love for this film has something to do with the fact that I've got a 'little something' for turning-bad-family-gathering film. Obviously, this film is a <more>
controversial one and I can see why. This definitely will not be the cup of tea of everyone but it worth to be seen. Sam Levinson gives us an excellent first dark-humoured effective film.
I went into the Savannah Film Festival screening of this film not really expecting much. Of all the movies I saw at the film festival, this one resonated with me the most, and came closest to my heart.Sam Levinson has woven a dark dramedy of epic proportions as Lynn Oscar-worthy performance by Ellen Barkin drives her two sons to her mother's house for the eldest son's wedding. Through it all the audience witnesses the public and private meltdowns and sentimentality's of this flawed, and deeply human family.From Lynn's confrontation of her divorcé husband Thomas Haden <more>
Church , to her drug-addled, caustic-mouthed son Elliot's genius performance from Ezra Miller flirtation with grandpa's meds, to catty quips from Lynn's sisters, past trauma, guilt, and resentment flow onto the screen. What rises from this fertile emotional landscape are frightening moments, and hysterically funny scenes. For the audience it's an event, but Lynn and her boys it's just 'Another Happy Day.' Humor is the pallet cleanser for this hearty cinematic meal. The viewer fears for Elliot's life after he nearly OD's on the bathroom floor; then breaks into hysterics as Elliot tries to hide his blue lips with mom's rouge, the following morning. It's all so funny, and so smart. You will be cry as much from laughing as you will from the sorrowful scenes.Performances cut deep with their stark realism. From Ellen Barkin's Lynn, Ezra Miller's Elliot, Ellen Burstyn's Doris, down to 14 year old Daniel Yelsky's Ben - someone is going to get an Oscar nomination here. And if not, then the critics aren't ready for Levinson's dark blend of laughs and tears.Highly recommended: 9 out of 10.
At the time of writing this review 308 users have given a weighted average vote of 4.9. Note that 92 voters gave a 10 and 39 voters gave a 1. That indicates Another Happy Day must be a controversial movie. Let me add that it is a controversial quality movie. You may or may not like the story, if you don't then view this movie as a demonstration of good acting. Ellen Barkin is superb. And then there is Ellen Burstyn, at first I did not recognize her excellent make-up job but Doris and Sarah Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream are both played by Ellen Burstyn. Demi Moore plays the part of a <more>
woman you should instantly hate and she does that very well. I simply forgot she was 'Demi Moore'. - I don't want to say much about the movie except this line, as I remember it. "I got upset because they called me autistic while I am only diagnosed as bipolar." - "Did they say that while you were there?" - "No, but I have exceptionally well hearing, I can hear frequencies as low as 20 Hertz."
If yours is a normal, happy family, this film is probably not for you. I loved it. I loved the amazing cast of meshuggenah characters with real-life mishegoss it's not a Jewish film but these Yiddish terms are apt . I loved how expectations of a wedding day are turned on their head. Ezra Miller, as the teen who is wedded to drugs, is hilarious and convincing, delivering his mordant humor with perfect pitch. Ellen Barkin is a wonder as Lynn—not a false note in her performance as a mother trying to do her best in circumstances that would drive anyone to murder or suicide. Producing it as <more>
well as acting in it, Barkin is undoubtedly deeply committed to this film! Ellen Burstyn is marvelous as Doris, Lynn's mother, who is, among other things, coping with an ill husband; often, she doesn't have to speak for us to know what she's feeling. To my mind, Hollywood is not very good at making domestic life plausible, but here's an outstanding exception. I believed every second of this movie. It's so funny that I wasn't at all depressed by the darkness. I didn't read the "external reviews" before I saw "Another Happy Day." Lucky me!
A very poignant film - Ellen Barkin and Ezra Miller were outstanding! (by emma-w-299-923421)
I was surprised to see this film didn't score that highly! I happened to catch this showing on SKY recently, and almost switched channels thinking it could be another slow-moving, half-hearted drama starting! I missed the very start and caught it at the bit where Ellen Barkin Lynn was driving with her two sons to the families house; to stay to attend her eldest son, Dylans wedding. I am so glad I continued to watch! I found this a very moving, poignant film in which I felt many people could deeply relate to. I found the characters very defined and very easy to like and sympathise <more>
with.Not many films make me feel a lump in my throat and make me feel as though I am really there with them and feeling their grief, and day-to- day issues... this definitely did this for me! The strained relationship amongst many within this family between Doris and Lynn, was portrayed amazingly, as was the tension between Lynn and Patty Demi Moore . Demi Moore Patty really played a harsh bitch and it was very raw! The most moving parts for me were, where Ben said he had overheard the family, and what they had said about his condition I won't spoil that part, you will have to watch . Also the part where Lynn shouted abuse at her son, Elliott, calling him a M*****F*****! That was pretty harrowing and shocking, and some thing I could NEVER imagine, or contemplate saying to my son,whatever the circumstances! But it shows how far angst and despair can really push you, and how it can change ones self! That part really did make me choke! The scene where Alice enters the room at the dinner-party get together was very moving; and I felt her discomfort when walking in to the room full of family that all knew of her issues and past...she was very convincing to watch. Bonnie was my least favourite to watch, I felt she was a little over-powering, but then I guess there are people as outspoken and outrageous as she, within family's! But still, my partner and I found her quite out of place in this film. Not an actress I enjoy watching.In my opinion, Ellen Barkin Lynn and Ezra Miller Elliott outshone all the rest of the cast, I felt they really stole the show! That isn't to say the rest weren't good - they really were! Ezra Miller is one to watch out for in the future, he was so absorbing to watch! Having seen him recently in "We need to talk about Kevin, he is, in my eyes, a real inspiration to up and coming young actors, and really intriguing to watch! This is a movie that I am sure hits home to a lot of people, as I felt it was very real and very impacting! George Kennedy Joe certainly reflected the cruel harsh end to old-age. The moment where Doris opens her heart to her daughter Lynn over her fears of losing him, really hit me. This is areal tragedy for most couples to face in later life, and it was a very moving moment...which made you feel for Doris, despite her aloof mothering skills towards Lynn.This is a film to make you feel the awkwardness and the anxiety's of peoples lives, with moments where you really do cringe. You really can feel the similarities of this families moments of pain and suffering within your own life. Yet this film also has many warming and loving moments throughout. A good master-piece of love, hurt and despair. I would love to see many more films directed in this way, as for someone as me, who holds a very short attention-span with the majority of films, this captivated me and had me on the edge of my seat throughout! Very gripping and a must-see! I applaud you Sam Levinson!
One of the most underrated films of it's year, and probably an early classic of it's decade. (by martylee13045burlsink342)
Devastating no holds barred snapshot of American Family Life as it IS not as we wish it was may be TOO honest and wickedly insightful for many people who prefer a little more sugar coating...a little less hysterically funny battery acid wit....oh well LIFE Ain't SWEET...get over it!! .Producer Ellen Barkin leads an absolutely astonishing cast... and both big names and not so big names are stunning..there is not one phony or soft pedaled second in ANYof these performances .Besides the devastating Barkin who tackles every emotion like a starving woman with no thought for vanity...every <more>
thought for human insight and character clarity the standouts include Ellen Burstyn as a grandma from hell with Bride Of Frankenstein hair that is the LEAST frightening thing about her character and the stunning young Ezra Miller who gets more accomplished and electric with every performance.I am actually having a hard time fathoming how this was NOT granted a major wide release...and I simply do not understand the low ratings many "casual" viewers give it...Maybe it is a wee bit too challenging and unflinching? Oh well...stick with your pretty bubblegum fantasy families...THIS is life...and it may not be beautiful...but it burns with a glorious flame in every frame of this lovely film.
Actually on top form. Which begs the question, why isn't she playing more and bigger roles? It's quite interesting seeing her play this tough role and she is very convincing. She has a stellar cast of amazing people around her. And while I do understand that some people might have issues with the characters on display here, this was exactly the point of the movie. I guess many thought this was a comedy, but it isn't. It's a drama and if you accept that from the start, you might enjoy watching the movie a lot more.Sometimes you are in tune with others who vote here and <more>
sometimes, like with this film it seems you aren't. The story is great and I was feeling with the main character the whole time. Family gatherings are not easy. Watching this isn't easy either. Although a lot easier than some other movies I recently watched. Give it a try but rent first before buying