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Happy Hour (2004)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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An alcoholic must choose between love, life, and the bottle in this independent comedy drama. Tulley (Anthony LaPaglia) is a self-described "drinker with a writing problem," who after publishing a handful of well-respected short stories, began work on a novel. The novel, however, turned out to be a harder task than Tulley imagined, and he opted to take a job as an advertising copywriter, where he earns a good living but makes scant use of his talent. Tulley has also fallen into a habit of heavy

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In a world with so many problems, it's hard to drum up any sympathy for these characters' profligate self-destruction.

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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First-time writer-director Mike Bencivenga and co-writer Richard Levine have a flair for brittle repartee, and an obvious affection for literate drunks, but their take on the drinking life feels antiquated and movie-derived.

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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LaPaglia is solid and there's a grittiness here, and a clear-eyed approach to alcoholism that's reminiscent of Leaving Las Vegas.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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If only its characters weren't such stereotypes.

October 22, 2004
New York Post
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What you'll remember most about the movie is its banal script and dialogue so ripe it almost laughs at itself.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The characters in Happy Hour are stick figures from a musty old teleplay that might be titled The Days of Wine and Malarkey.

October 21, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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never fleshes any of its characters out beyond bare simplicity

March 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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An unhappy hour-and-a-half.

December 17, 2004 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The premise of the ever-soused movie is solid, too bad the execution is anything but.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Drama of a self-destructive, boozing New York ad man would reek of cliche were it not for a virtuosic performance from Anthony LaPaglia, who still fails to make this small film big.

November 2, 2004
Film Journal International

Happy Hour is strictly college-level compost, content with its mediocrity, if not wholly unaware of it.

October 29, 2004

Nothing especially new, but a well-acted chamber piece about a self-destructive writer.

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Sharply written, flawlessly acted.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Provides enough tragi-comedy to make the viewer feel like drowning their own sorrows... while laughing to lift their spirits.

October 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Collectively, the result is a familiar film off the beaten path.

October 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Once the story takes its big turn toward tragedy, though, it becomes predictable and sentimental.

October 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

This is the kind of tripe that wouldn't get past a junior editor at a publishing house.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A small film, a tiny cast, a labor of love with a minuscule budget that shows in the poor lighting and even worse sound quality. That it was made is the thing to be applauded.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Director Mike Bencivenga has reinvented the alcoholic romantic dramedy and Leading Actor Anthony LaPaglia has redefined the cinematic soak. A beautiful piece of work.

June 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Juicy Cerebellum
Juicy Cerebellum

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