The Happy Ending


The Happy Ending

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Happy Ending was intended as a satire of the emptiness of suburban life. Jean Simmons (then the wife of producer/ director/ writer Richard Brooks) is bored silly by her 16-year marriage to John Forsythe. She jets off to the Bahamas and launches an affair with gigolo Bobby Darin. Then she...yes, we said Bobby Darin. Then she realizes that what she really lacks in life is a decent education, so she returns to her husband and enrolls in night school. This, of course, occurs only after she experiments with booze, drugs, and Bobby...yes, we said Bobby Darin.

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Critic Reviews for The Happy Ending

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

  • A well-developed and acted and potentially significant 'woman's movie' unfortunately drowns in Brooks' over indulgences and over-writing.

    Apr 8, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • The Happy Ending is a kind of false Faces -- a movie that set out to expose the kitsch of Hollywood fantasy.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1/5
  • Richard Brooks' The Happy Ending is an odd film snuggled somewhere between the romantic melodrama and the social problem films that came to define his career.

    Dec 28, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Simmons is excellent -- she earned an Oscar nomination, as did the song "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?" -- while Bobby Darin amuses as an Italian slickster.

    Jan 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Depressing melodrama about the trials and tribulations of a modern marriage.

    Mar 26, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Jean Simmons struggles valiantly but no avail; she's defeated by writer-director Brooks's dreary, overwritten screenplay.

    Apr 8, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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