Happy Here and Now (2002)

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Drawn into a menacing underground world of the New Orleans elite while searching for her missing sister, Muriel (Shalom Harlow), Amelia (Liane Balaban) is aided in her investigation by ex-CIA agent Bill (Clarence Williams III) in this effort from Nadja director Michael Almereyda. Soon discovering mysterious webcam footage on Muriel's laptop computer that will seemingly aid them in finding Amelia's sister, the duo is confronted with shifting identities in a scene where no one is quite who they … More

Rating: R (for some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Almereyda
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 27, 2005
Runtime:
IFC Films

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Cast


as Eddie Mars/Tom

as Muriel

as Amelia

as Quintron

as Himself

as Police Officer

as Napoleon Bonaparte
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Critic Reviews for Happy Here and Now

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

The future is quieter, emotionally subdued and grayly mysterious, at least in the small hop forward imagined by filmmaker Michael Almereyda.

December 16, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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This is a droll, laid-back film noir steeped in Crescent City atmosphere and music that culminates in the colliding worlds of genuine and virtual reality.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Michael Almereyda's muddled Happy Here and Now should have stayed on the shelf -- where it's been gathering dust for several years.

December 16, 2005
New York Post
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Michael Almereyda's futuristic mystery isn't a complete misfire, but it does leave you with the same baffled blankness that suffuses his isolated, techno-dependent characters.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
New York Daily News
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A bit too mannered to engage.

Full Review… | December 15, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
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Mourning and gloom weigh upon most of the characters in Michael Almereyda's convoluted and numbingly pretentious Happy Here and Now

Full Review… | December 15, 2005
Newsday
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Audience Reviews for Happy Here and Now

[font=Century Gothic]"Happy Here and Now" starts out with Amelia(Liane Balaban) venturing to New Orleans to look for her missing sister, Muriel.(At the same time, a firefighter is agonizing over the loss of a fellow firefighter.) Bill(Clarence Williams III), a former CIA Agent, now cab driver, is helping with the search and uncovers a connection to an Eddie Mars who Muriel was communicating via the internet.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic](And what all of this has to do with Nikola Tesla, Blaise Pascal and the price of 7-Up in New Orleans, I have no idea.)[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Happy Here and Now" begins well and ends up being totally incoherent. Basically the movie wants to be a commentary about not being able to commuicate with our fellow human beings, thus resorting to the company of computers instead. But if you want to chat with people on the internet all day long, be my guest.[/font]

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