Happy, Happy


Happy, Happy

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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys and isn't interested in having sex with her anymore because she "isn't particularly attractive." Whatever. That's life. But when "the perfect couple" moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. Not only do these successful, beautiful, exciting people sing in a choir, they have also adopted a child - from Ethiopia! These new neighbors open a whole new world to Kaja, with consequences for everyone involved. And when Christmas comes around, it becomes evident that nothing will ever be like before - even if Kaja tries her very best. -- (C) Magnolia


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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (7)

  • Sewitsky is a bit too fond of the handheld camera, but she is immediate, close. Her first picture, daring title and all, takes an empathic look at a permanent puzzle.

    Jun 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The whole is thought-provoking and funny.

    Nov 16, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Darkly comic and surprisingly touching in equal measure.

    Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Happy, Happy starts out cartoonish and ends up oddly endearing.

    Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

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  • A thoughtful, nicely played melodrama, bordering on patronising in its depiction of rural folk, but staying on the right side of the line - thanks to sympathetic performances.

    Nov 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The curdled Norwegian comedy-drama "Happy, Happy," which dissects a pair of poisoned marriages, is sometimes heavy-handed (like its title) but has much to recommend it.

    Oct 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Happy, Happy

  • Mar 13, 2013
    An attempt at quirkiness...kind of failed. The movie itself wasn't bad, but it just seemed pointless. Apparently, someone suggested add some guys that sing a little diddy every so often, and people will love it, and say it is quirky. Nope...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2013
    In "Happy, Happy," Elisabeth(Maibritt Saerens), a lawyer, and Sigve(Henrik Rafaelsen) move with their adopted son Noa(Ram Shihab Ebedy) to a small town for a fresh start after Elisabeth's marital indiscretion. Aside from their volunteering for the local choir, they are warmly welcomed by neighbors Kaja(Agnes Kittelsen) and Eirik(Joachim Rafaelsen) who invite them over for game night. Then, Elisabeth and Sigve reciprocate in a night that soon turns confessional before Kaja gives Sigve a blow job. You know you're in deep trouble as a non-musical film if the best part is the music, especially in the case of "Happy, "Happy" where the entertaining interludes performed by a quartet prove to be about the only reasons to watch this very murky film. Otherwise, it takes forever for the slim plot to kick in, as the movie without a true point of view is unsure of whether or not it is a comedy. To be honest, it is possible something got lost in translation or I didn't understand some Scandinavian cultural attitudes. That still can't explain the weird interaction between the boys which goes far beyond bullying.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2013
    Kaja (Agnes Kittlesen) may not be the brightest bulb in the pack, but she is a delightful hausfrau who only wants to know that she is valued and loved. Her husband, Eirik (Joachim Rafaelsen), is a brute of a man, who dismisses her desires and aspirations and is raising his son to be just like him. So when the perfect couple, Sigve (Henrik Rafaelsen) and Elisabeth (Maibritt Saerens) move in next door with their adopted son, Kaja begins to understand just how bleak her life is. As events unfold, we see that there is a definite emotional train wreck in everyone's future, and those affected are powerless to avoid the looming disaster. Secrets, however, have a way of revealing themselves and although this viewer found the situation uncomfortable to watch, he could not tear himself away, either. Kaja comes off as a much stronger, more aware and resilient creature than the opening scenes would have us believe. By the end, we know that she will survive. Not only that, but the way is now open for her to thrive.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2012
    Quite a good movie. I think one of the best things the movie does is present every character in a believable fashion. There's no "villains" in the story, just people who may have made the wrong choices in life but they're ultimately still decent people even with their flaws. That's one of the strengths of the movie, strong characters. There's solid performances all around and plenty of funny moments. The movie's scenes are sometimes broken up by this a-capella/doo-wop quartet singing blues songs. These scenes serve no real purpose quite frankly, even if the quartet sounds great...their greatness, however, has no bearing on the story the movie is trying to tell so I can't really understand what they were there for. But, again, they sound great. Anyway a very good movie that's available on Netflix, so I'd recommend it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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