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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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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). -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for teen drug/alcohol abuse, pervasive language including sexual references, and brief graphic nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sam Levinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2012
Phase 4 Films - Official Site


Lola Kirke
as Charlie
Laura Coover
as Heather
Patrick F. McDade
as Father O'Grady
Brian Anthony Wilson
as Jason - EMT #1
Jack Hoffman
as Carpenter Fred
Daniel Usaj
as Young Bartender
April Rogalski
as Bridesmaid
Lila Vivi
as Flower Girl
Corrin Barnett
as D.J. Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Another Happy Day

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (18)

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.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

"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.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 19, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

If you liked Rachel Getting Married or Margot at the Wedding, you probably have good taste, so you should avoid this one.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Dislikable movie characters don't always result in dislikable movies but that's certainly the case with Sam Levinson's Another Happy Day.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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..

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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."


Super Reviewer

Another Happy Day Quotes

Elliott: Death is actually a more unifying force within family than love. And that's a mind-blowing concept.
– Submitted by ?pela M (4 years ago)
Alice: Oh and just so your prepared. The last time you went to rehab I told them you were in Sweden.
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)
Elliot: Something happened. We thought he was dead! We have it on camera.
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

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