Happy Hour Reviews

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March 7, 2006
never fleshes any of its characters out beyond bare simplicity
December 6, 2005
December 17, 2004
An unhappy hour-and-a-half.
November 19, 2004
The premise of the ever-soused movie is solid, too bad the execution is anything but.
November 4, 2004
In a world with so many problems, it's hard to drum up any sympathy for these characters' profligate self-destruction.
November 4, 2004
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 2, 2004
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.
October 29, 2004
Happy Hour is strictly college-level compost, content with its mediocrity, if not wholly unaware of it.
October 24, 2004
Nothing especially new, but a well-acted chamber piece about a self-destructive writer.
October 22, 2004
Sharply written, flawlessly acted.
October 22, 2004
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
If only its characters weren't such stereotypes.
October 22, 2004
What you'll remember most about the movie is its banal script and dialogue so ripe it almost laughs at itself.
October 21, 2004
Provides enough tragi-comedy to make the viewer feel like drowning their own sorrows... while laughing to lift their spirits.
October 21, 2004
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
Collectively, the result is a familiar film off the beaten path.
October 21, 2004
Once the story takes its big turn toward tragedy, though, it becomes predictable and sentimental.
October 19, 2004
Strain credulity. Shake until sudsy. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or Eric Stoltz. Serve chilled, straight up.
October 19, 2004
This is the kind of tripe that wouldn't get past a junior editor at a publishing house.
September 24, 2004
A small film, a tiny cast, a labor of love with a minuscule budget that shows in the poor lighting and even worse sound quality. That it was made is the thing to be applauded.
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