Another Happy Day (2011)
Critic Consensus: Another Happy Day features outstanding performances (Ellen Barkin's especially) but the characters are too unpleasant to endure.
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Critic Reviews for Another Happy Day
Levinson piles on the anguish with such abandon he never convinces you that these people would ever speak to each other, much less live under the same roof.
Combines some of the stock elements of a family film with an extra something - a go-for-the-jugular quality, a kind of Ingmar Bergman-like honesty and viciousness that brings it up a notch.
"Another Happy Day" becomes increasingly difficult to watch, despite its intelligence and strong cast. You wish this family well, but you're grateful to see the last of them.
Sam Levinson has proven that he can get a movie made. Good for him. But he still has to prove that he has a story to tell.
If you liked Rachel Getting Married or Margot at the Wedding, you probably have good taste, so you should avoid this one.
Audience Reviews for Another Happy Day
Definitely NOT another happy movie. This film is very depressing as it shows years of dysfunctional at it's best. Well-written, and well-acted. Ellen Burstyn was absolutely wonderful, as usual. Ezra Miller stole this movie, though. I was mesmerized by his character. In spite of the done before wedding set-up, all the characters, and their relationships, are complex enough to keep you in the story. Nicely done movie, in my opinion..
Good sometimes great acting can't make this story of family disfunction completely palatable. These are vicious, cold hearted extremely damaged people who it is a trial to spend any time with.
Cast: Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Ellen Burstyn, Demi Moore, Thomas Haden Church, Kate Bosworth, George Kennedy, Jeffrey DeMunn, Siobhan Fallon, Diana Scarwid, Michael Nardelli, Daniel Yelsky, Laura Coover, Eamon O'Rourke
Director: Sam Levinson
Summary: Upper-crust family dysfunction takes center stage in this drama, which stars Ellen Barkin as a divorcée attending the highbrow wedding of the son she barely knows and trying to hold her own against a family that couches judgment in every smile.
My Thoughts: "I often watch these types of films with mest of families. Who doesn't like watching these films and then sitting back and comparing your own twisted little bunch to the made up one on the screen? I usually win with my family being more screwd up, but I have finally found one a bit more messed up then my own. I mean the mother Doris, is a manipulative cold Bitch of a mother. Lynn's siblings resemble Cinderella's wicked step-sister's. Her father is in a bit of a zombie state. Her middle son has major issues, and not just drugs. Her youngest seem's to be the forgottern one. Her only daughter is a self mutilater because of her traumatized childhood. Then there is her oldest son, who seems to be the one who turned out to be the only unflawed one of the bunch. Lynn believes that may be because she didn't raise him. There is also the ex-husbands wife played by Demi Moore, who played Bitch so well I wanted to pull her through the screen a beat her myself. There is a lot happening and more reasons why this family is in a complete mess of emotions. It's a beautiful, dark, sad, and sometimes funny indie drama. I love these movies. Their full of flaws but always a film that will make you feel, sympathize, and care for the characters. That much has to do with the actors. Because it's always an indie flick that brings out a great honest performance from an actor/actress. My opinion of course, but I'm pretty sure my opinion is right lol. Lastly, the performances were absolutely fanstastic. Ellen Barkin blew me away."
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