Happy Hour (2004)



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Sports & Fitness, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard P. Levine, Mike Bencivenga, Richard Levine
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On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
Lantern Lane Entertainment - Official Site

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as Dr. Pitcoff

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as Doorman

as Woman in Bar

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | November 4, 2004
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.

Full Review… | November 4, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2004
New York Times
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