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Another Happy Day (2011)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: Another Happy Day features outstanding performances (Ellen Barkin's especially) but the characters are too unpleasant to endure.

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Another Happy Day features outstanding performances (Ellen Barkin's especially) but the characters are too unpleasant to endure.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 1,219


Movie Info

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 … More

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


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Critic Reviews for Another Happy Day

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (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

Superb writing, a quickly moving plot and outstanding lead performances make this one a winner.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Supposedly, Another Happy Day is meant to be a dark comedy. Unfortunately, demanding it is comedic on the box does not make the actual film so.

Full Review… | August 10, 2013
7M Pictures

The actors make the trauma in "Another Happy Day" feel real. But it's too often undercut by directorial fussiness that feels more academic than personal.

Full Review… | January 12, 2012

Gios toy Barry Levinson, alla mallon oxi idiaitera prosektikos mathhths toy, o Sam soy anamasaei senariografika kai soy ypobathmizei skhnothetika ola ayta ta psyxopsaxtika poy exeis synhthisei na blepeis sta aneksarthta amerikanika

Full Review… | December 26, 2011
Movies for the Masses

...the performances of Barkin and Miller - who's getting great buzz for his work in We Need to Talk About Kevin - make it worth seeing, even in this season of Oscar-seeking dramas.

Full Review… | December 21, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Intense, mature drama excavates too many family skeletons.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Common Sense Media

A tiresome and irritating melodrama about an extended family gathering for a wedding and showing their neurotic sides without any restraint.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Spirituality and Practice

Writer/director Sam Levinson isn't so much making a movie as organizing a circus

Full Review… | November 17, 2011

It's unpleasant, shrill and exhausting - everyone's so busy airing their own grievances no one has time to listen to anyone else's - but it's a genuine actors' film anchored by some good performances...

Full Review… | November 17, 2011

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

"I was the one who was always there...not you."

A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the center of touchy family dynamics.

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 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 crying 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.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

Another Happy Day Quotes

Death is actually a more unifying force within family than love. And that's a mind-blowing concept.
– Submitted by ?pela M (2 years ago)
Oh and just so your prepared. The last time you went to rehab I told them you were in Sweden.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
Something happened. We thought he was dead! We have it on camera.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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