Happily Ever After (2005)
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Critic Reviews for Happily Ever After
Gets bogged down in midlife-crisis cliches.
Attal knows that no matter how adult we feel when we say, 'I do,' marriage is all child's play: jealousy, lies and pure, unconditional love. Perplexing, but not a bad option.
There's nothing much wrong with the film; my complaint is that there's nothing much right about it.
Happily Ever After is never as insightful or as funny as Woody at his best. But the film has a fine-tuned approach to human behavior.
Audience Reviews for Happily Ever After
It's a bit depressing on the onset and has little pick up. Great acting, but the story doesn't fully develop into anything. It has all the makings of a witty, intellectual commentary on modern day marriage but fails to actualize.
An interesting study of three men who are friends, in different marital situations, and who have different approaches to love and happiness. It explores fidelity and what constitutes happiness within the family unit. Charlotte Gainsbourg is lovely in this as Gabrielle, wife of Vincent (Yvan Attal). Some bizarre games transpire between these two and the cover art is taken from one of those playtimes. Lots of interesting camera work, a lively script, and some lovely actors keep things from becoming too trite, but it's not all that deep either. Mildly entertaining at best.
this is a really realistic story and fine acting especially by the core cast. The only problem i had with it is the ending seems to be inserted smack dab in the middle of the story, which left me a bit confused. Its a bittersweet tale about marriage; an old subject to be sure, but refreshing with this french perspective. Enjoy!
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