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Happy Hour (2004)

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An alcoholic must choose between love, life, and the bottle in this independent comedy drama. Tulley (Anthony LaPaglia) is a self-described "drinker with a writing problem," who after publishing a handful of well-respected short stories, began work on a novel. The novel, however, turned out to be a harder task than Tulley imagined, and he opted to take a job as an advertising copywriter, where he earns a good living but makes scant use of his talent. Tulley has also fallen into a habit of heavy drinking, as his best friend, Levine (Eric Stoltz), looks on with bemused concern. One night at a bar, Tulley meets Natalie (Caroleen Feeney), a teacher who doesn't much care for children, and what starts as a one-night stand turns into a love affair. As Natalie gets to know Tulley better, she discovers the talent lurking behind his alcoholic defenses, and encourages him to devote himself to literature again. However, as they fall deeper in love, Tulley discovers he has a larger problem than his novel to deal with -- he's been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, and won't have long to live if he can't change his ways.

Cast

Robert Vaughn
as Tulley Sr.
Mario Cantone
as Geoffrey
Malachy McCourt
as Dr. Pitcoff
Cate Smit
as Publicist
Sean Conroy
as Doorman
Larissa Thurston
as Woman in Bar
Michelle Maryk
as Woman in Park
Bob O'Brien
as Himself
Pete Hamill
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Happy Hour

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

In a world with so many problems, it's hard to drum up any sympathy for these characters' profligate self-destruction.

November 4, 2004 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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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.

November 4, 2004 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

LaPaglia is solid and there's a grittiness here, and a clear-eyed approach to alcoholism that's reminiscent of Leaving Las Vegas.

October 22, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

If only its characters weren't such stereotypes.

October 22, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
New York Post
Top Critic

What you'll remember most about the movie is its banal script and dialogue so ripe it almost laughs at itself.

October 22, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The characters in Happy Hour are stick figures from a musty old teleplay that might be titled The Days of Wine and Malarkey.

October 21, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

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