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Exhibits an almost pitch-perfect balance between condescension and compassion.
Happiness is tough stuff -- quietly confrontational, genuinely haunting, and, most disturbing of all, unexpectedly moving.
By far Solondz's best film, an original exploration of American suburban angst, with three Chekhovian sisters at the center and a gallery of "deviant" characters that are presented with humor in non-judgmental way.
It'll soon have you quoting German existential philosophers in coming to terms with it . . .
Even in the darkest, sickest moments, there's always some kind of humor [but] what makes this comedy superior to most is that it remains painfully sincere.
Some truly hilarious moments, but I spent most of the film with my mouth hanging open in shock.
...seduces us with subtle humor and then hammers us with unpleasantness; it seems as selfishly opportunistic as anything committed by the perverted characters it portrays.
I'm fairly thick skinned, but this film managed to create major feelings of revulsion in me.
A brave, brilliantly realized piece of work, one that will be debated about for years to come.
Solondz is one of the masters of flawlessly intermingling both pitch-black comedy and heartbreaking drama, sometimes at the very same moment.
If the film had managed somehow to keep the humor in with the shock quality, it would have been a triumph.
Solondz's view of [his characters] is prickly, perhaps, but he doesn't skewer them or indict humanity.
Everyone in this world is pretty much a pig of some sort. Those that aren't are doomed to be victims.
Audience Reviews for Happiness
- Billy Maplewood: [last line] I came.
- Helen Jordan: If only I had been raped as a child. *Then* I would know authenticity!
- Billy Maplewood: Would you ever fuck me?
- Bill Maplewood: No, I'd jerk off instead.
- Andy Kornbluth: You're shit and I'm Champagne.
- Diane Freed: I want kids that love me as much as I hated my mother.
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