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Margarita Happy Hour (2001)

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88

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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It's hard to be hip and a mother at the same time, as one twenty-something New Yorker discovers in this independent comedy drama. Zelda (Eleanor Hutchins) is a struggling artist who lives with her boyfriend Max (Larry Fessenden), a would-be writer, in a bohemian neighborhood in Brooklyn favored by fellow creative types for the cheap rents and friendly atmosphere. Zelda is also the mother of a two-year-old boy, Little Z (Jonah Leland). Max is the child's father, but doesn't go out of his way to

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Drama, Comedy

Ilya Chaiken

Apr 5, 2005

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The strength of Hutchins' performance and the open-endedness of Chaiken's film keep Zelda vivid long after the fade-out.

August 1, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Effective in all its aspects, Margarita Happy Hour represents an auspicious feature debut for Chaiken.

July 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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With its parade of almost perpetually wasted characters ... Margarita feels like a hazy high that takes too long to shake.

May 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Its portrait of a very unsung sector of society is refreshingly honest and entertaining.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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A joyful celebration of female friendship and an unusually honest look at newly responsible young women wistfully saying goodbye to the dreams of their youth.

March 22, 2002
New York Post
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[Chaiken's] talent lies in an evocative, accurate observation of a distinctive milieu and in the lively, convincing dialogue she creates for her characters.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Highly uneven and inconsistent ... Margarita Happy Hour kinda resembles the el cheapo margaritas served within.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A miniscule little bleep on the film radar, but one that many more people should check out

August 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

It's a pedestrian, flat drama that screams out 'amateur' in almost every frame.

July 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A knowing look at female friendship, spiked with raw urban humor.

July 3, 2002
New Times

The film is like sitting in a downtown café, overhearing a bunch of typical late-twenty-somethings natter on about nothing, and desperately wishing you could change tables.

April 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

One of those rare films that seems as though it was written for no one, but somehow manages to convince almost everyone that it was put on the screen, just for them.

April 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Juicy Cerebellum
Juicy Cerebellum

The film's ensemble portrait of women caught between nostalgia for the tough and free-spirited babes they were ... and uncertainty about what their futures hold is almost painfully on target.

March 21, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A woman's pic directed with resonance by Ilya Chaiken.

January 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film's apocalyptic urban setting and unrelentingly icy zeitgeist is message enough without a triumphant parting shot

October 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A full world has been presented onscreen, not some series of carefully structured plot points building to a pat resolution.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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