Happy Tears

2010

Happy Tears

Critics Consensus

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

27%

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Happy Tears

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (24)

  • 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.

    February 19, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer and director Mitchell Lichtenstein struggles to find the humor in a host of horrors.

    February 19, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • Hollywood's strong female actors have in Lichtenstein a young talent who gives them the roles they deserve.

    February 18, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 18, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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

    February 18, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Happy Tears

  • 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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