The Happy Ending (1969)
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Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 2
Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Suburban housewives console themselves with pills and alcohol to tolerate their spouses' infidelities in The Happy Ending. Mary Wilson (Jean Simmons) is married to Fred (John Forsythe) and she prepares for their 16th wedding-anniversary party with tranquilizers and booze. The guests are clients of Fred's, a successful tax attorney. Harry (Dick Shawn) and wife Helen (Tina Louise) are two of the guests. Helen offers herself to Fred, as Mary entertains thoughts of bedding down with the playboy Sam
Dec 21, 1969 Wide
May 28, 1996
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A well-developed and acted and potentially significant 'woman's movie' unfortunately drowns in Brooks' over indulgences and over-writing.
The Happy Ending is a kind of false Faces -- a movie that set out to expose the kitsch of Hollywood fantasy.
Depressing melodrama about the trials and tribulations of a modern marriage.
Jean Simmons struggles valiantly but no avail; she's defeated by writer-director Brooks's dreary, overwritten screenplay.
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