Happy Tears

2009, Drama, 1h 36m

33 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Replete with quirky indie cliches, Happy Tears wastes some fine performances from Demi Moore, Parker Posey, and Rip Torn on stale formula. Read critic reviews

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Two sisters (Parker Posey, Demi Moore) return home to care for their aging father (Rip Torn).

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  • Jan 02, 2013
    The film was so so. I felt like I have seen this type of movie before. It reminded me of movies like Marvin's Room and In Her Shoes, except those films were better than this one. The tone and the pacing was off. Parker Posey is great in the film. She and Demi Moore are great as sisters in the film. Rip Torn seemed miscast as their father. The film is worth seeing for Posey and Moore's performances.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2011
    The one thing hard to believe about this movie is that Demi Moore even accepted her role. Family Drama about a dad who has reached the age o really needing nursing care. So Sorry 1 Star is all I'll throw out there.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2010
    Happy Tears, starring Parker Posley and Demi Moore was an independent, simple, drama of a dysfunctional family.Two sisters moved back home to take care of their sick father. Both of them have their own problems on top of dealing with their father who was in denial of his situation. I have seen many movies dealing with this type of story, and every time they just try to do something better or at least different. But this one just turned me off.The way they showed imaginary dreams mixed with reality just turned the movie to be very weird and made it hard for me to get into it.The title was related to the laughs and tears that were shown but there was no laughter. The characters were well written, but still could not drawn me into them and made me feel just uncomfortable.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2010
    There was potential here for greatness, but ultimatley the film is just too convoluted to be effective. While there are many interesting / creative ideas floating around here, most of them are never fully developed. Meanwhile all of the mediocre ones are fully fleshed out, for a painfully trite effect. Not even my darling Parker Posey can save this one. Honerable mention goes to Ellen Barkin for an impressive (nearly unrecognizable) performance as Dad's "lady friend" Shelly the nurse/crack whore. It really bumms me out when a film full of people who I like, is so mediocre .
    Robert C Super Reviewer

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