Happy Endings


Happy Endings

Critics Consensus

Despite strong individual performances, the overlong, disjointed plot of Happy Endings self-indulgently rambles.



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Mamie is being blackmailed. This filmmaker named Nick claims to know Mamie's son -- the one she gave up for adoption -- but Nick won't introduce her to him unless he can film the reunion. Enter Javier, Mamie's massage therapist boyfriend, who convinces Nick to film him instead. Now they're all making a movie about massage. Charley has a longtime boyfriend named Gil. Their best friends, Pam and Diane, once tried using Gil as a sperm donor. They said his sperm didn't take, but Charley thinks those control-freak lesbians are lying. Pam and Diane's two-year-old son looks exactly like Gil. And, it's time to set the record straight. Jude is pissed. Not at anyone in particular. Just in general. When her cousin kicks her out of the house, Jude shacks up with Otis, who's still trying to convince his father, Frank, that he's straight. Frank's a widower. And, he's rich. So Jude decides to sleep with him, too. The last thing she expected was to fall in love.

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All Critics (107) | Top Critics (35)

  • Intriguing but overlong and indulgent, the work of a writer too in love with his characters.

    Aug 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Serves as a relaunching pad for the magical talents of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jude.

    Aug 11, 2005

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • Roos's movie is so aggressively pleased with itself it leaves you feeling it doesn't even need an audience.

    Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [It] feels like Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia for adolescents.

    Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • The narrative sprawls without achieving depth and carries the additional burden of featuring only two or three interesting characters out of 10 candidates.

    Jul 28, 2005

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • Roos does an admirable job balancing the tragedy and comedy.

    Jul 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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