Happy Tears (2010)



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

Movie Info

Explores how a parent's dementia can distort the reality of one of his daughters while she is trying to get her life back together.

Rating: R (for language, drug use, and some sexual content including brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mitchell Lichtenstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 15, 2010
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as Joe

as Antiques Dealer

as Mallory (Mother)

as Eli Bell

as Joe's Nurse

as Neighbor
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Critic Reviews for Happy Tears

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

A cringe-inducing, self-consciously kooky indie comedy that's best enjoyed for its taste of Rip Torn, who, judging by his recent alleged bank break-in, comes to loose-cannon stuff naturally.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Writer and director Mitchell Lichtenstein struggles to find the humor in a host of horrors.

February 19, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Happy Tears is a complete mess of a movie, but Lichtenstein conjures some sweet moments and striking metaphors -- and none more striking than Posey's $500 boots, which look either black or blue, given the available light.

Full Review… | February 18, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

Happy Tears settles for the usual moments, even at its quirkiest.

Full Review… | February 18, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

On its way to a climax that ends every plot strand on an unrealistically upbeat and pat note, Happy Tears loses sight of what made the film so engrossing in the first place.

February 18, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

In the role of a dialed-down, capable woman, Demi Moore suggests dramatic possibilities for future roles. She projects a kind of calm, and it's attractive.

Full Review… | February 18, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Happy Tears

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 Bruce

Super Reviewer


Cast: Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Rip Torn, Ellen Barkin, Christian Camargo, Billy Magnussen, Sebastian Roche, Victor Slezak, T. Ryder Smith, Richard Barlow, Tom McNutt

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein

Summary: Jayne (Parker Posey) and Laura (Demi Moore) return to their childhood home in Pittsburgh to look after their father, Joe (Rip Torn), a lively widower who may be slipping into dementia. The sisters are soon at odds over their father's care -- and over old family dramas. As Joe's condition deteriorates, they are forced to confront myriad unpleasant memories.

My Thoughts: "I really wanted to love this movie considering its cast, but a was just OK for me. Nothing really great happening in this film. The acting is all good, but the script is a bit of a mess. No character was sympathetic or likable. Parker Posey goes off into dreamland throughout the movie, and it was just boring and pointless for me. It was just a film that missed its beat."


Super Reviewer

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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