A Happening of Monumental Proportions

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A series of touching comic tableaus -- some raucous, some sad, some instantly identifiable -- mark actress Judy Greer's directorial debut. The nonstop comedy intertwines students, parents, and teachers, all trying to find their way through one rough day. The all-star cast finds Daniel, an account manager (Common) with a boring job gearing up for Career Day at his lovely daughter's elementary school, while dealing with the fallout of an intra-office romance with his assistant (Jennifer Garner) and his nasty new boss (Bradley Whitford). The boss's unfortunately nerdy son finds himself instantly entranced with Daniel's daughter (Storm Reid), seeking advice from their school's hip shop teacher (John Cho) and depressed music teacher (Anders Holm), without success. The teachers' principal team -- Allison Janney and Rob Riggle -- spend their day trying to hide the school's dead gardener from not only the staff, but also the students and their parents, who experience a Career Day they likely will never forget.

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  • In this exercise in absurdist misanthropy that resembles a failed sitcom pilot, there are some scattered low-brow laughs, but none of the intended redemptive uplift.

    December 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Greer certainly knows how to achieve attention through casting, and that's the only reason to sit through the increasingly unfocused endeavor.

    November 1, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Greer doesn't rewrite any rules, but though AHOMP might not be a crowning achievement, it's occasionally delightful, frequently funny, and good enough to make me look forward to what Greer will do next behind the camera.

    September 27, 2018 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…
  • Even if the above factors were clicking on all cylinders, the wrong touch in the editing bay could sink the moment.

    September 25, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This ensemble film has a slight edge to compensate for its blaring score and comedic misfires.

    September 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There will be worse movies this year yet. But "A Happening" may take the 2018 prize for being the one with the faultiest instincts, and without a single genuine moment.

    September 22, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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