The Trouble with Bliss (2012)
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The Trouble with Bliss tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and the
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Hall does what he can, but Michael Knowles' film does such a thorough job portraying the ennui and aimlessness gripping its protagonist that the feeling is contagious.
The difficulties of adapting idiosyncratic literature to the screen are all too apparent in The Trouble With Bliss.
Striving mightily to be the indie equivalent of a wacky sitcom, "The Trouble With Bliss" fails to draw much humor from farcical situations.
Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall.
Knowles and Light indulge in so many indie clichés, their movie could be used as a film-school case study.
The Trouble With Bliss intriguingly showcases the numerous struggles people face as they reflect on their life paths.
Packs a lot of Lower East Side quirkiness into 97 minutes. Maybe too much.
Less than the comic sum of its sardonic parts "The Trouble With Bliss" is a triviality.
Indie pap, populated by determinedly eccentric characters you don't give a toss about.
Populated with unlikely occurrences and oddball characters, it plays out, to put it most complimentary, like a dull, slower moving After Hours.
The film aims to present a mosaic of crazy New York life, but instead seems more like a shaggy-dog story being spun out by an easily distracted barfly over the course of an idle afternoon.
- NJ: I'll send you some.... buffali hide.
- Seymour Bliss: I'm not running a hot-sheet hotel here you know! Is this where all my money's been going?
- Seymour Bliss: When I was 35 I had a son, a job, an apartment of my own. See what I'm saying?
- Morris Bliss: Not really.
- Stephanie Jouseski: Oh by the way, my mom is just thrilled you are taking me to prom.
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