The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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In a world with so many problems, it's hard to drum up any sympathy for these characters' profligate self-destruction.
First-time writer-director Mike Bencivenga and co-writer Richard Levine have a flair for brittle repartee, and an obvious affection for literate drunks, but their take on the drinking life feels antiquated and movie-derived.
LaPaglia is solid and there's a grittiness here, and a clear-eyed approach to alcoholism that's reminiscent of Leaving Las Vegas.
If only its characters weren't such stereotypes.
What you'll remember most about the movie is its banal script and dialogue so ripe it almost laughs at itself.
The characters in Happy Hour are stick figures from a musty old teleplay that might be titled The Days of Wine and Malarkey.
never fleshes any of its characters out beyond bare simplicity
An unhappy hour-and-a-half.
The premise of the ever-soused movie is solid, too bad the execution is anything but.
Drama of a self-destructive, boozing New York ad man would reek of cliche were it not for a virtuosic performance from Anthony LaPaglia, who still fails to make this small film big.
Happy Hour is strictly college-level compost, content with its mediocrity, if not wholly unaware of it.
Nothing especially new, but a well-acted chamber piece about a self-destructive writer.
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