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Margarita Happy Hour (2001)



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It's hard to be hip and a mother at the same time, as one twenty-something New Yorker discovers in this independent comedy drama. Zelda (Eleanor Hutchins) is a struggling artist who lives with her boyfriend Max (Larry Fessenden), a would-be writer, in a bohemian neighborhood in Brooklyn favored by fellow creative types for the cheap rents and friendly atmosphere. Zelda is also the mother of a two-year-old boy, Little Z (Jonah Leland). Max is the child's father, but doesn't go out of his way to shoulder his share of the labor in caring for him; Zelda says that since she opted to keep the baby, the ultimate responsibility is hers, not his, but it's hard not to sense a hint of resentment in her attitude towards Max. Zelda strives to be a good mother and provide for her son while staying true to her on-the-edge personality, but she's begun to realize that she can't go on being the life of the party and a responsible single parent at the same time; she's also grown tired of sharing an apartment with five other adults, none of whom is holding down a full-time job. As Zelda is arriving at an emotional crossroads, her old friend Natali (Holly Ramos) re-enters her life; Natali has just gotten out of rehab after her latest attempt to wean herself off heroin, but with little to keep her occupied, her self-control is not especially strong, and Natali soon finds herself becoming quite friendly with Max, who is growing weary of his relationship with Zelda. Margarita Happy Hour was shown at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, where it was enthusiastically received by audiences and critics.
Comedy , Drama
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Holly Ramos
as Natali
Jonah Leland
as Little Z
Barbara Sicuranza
as Graziella
Amanda Vogel
as Raquel
Macha Ross
as Sofia
Georgia Schnore
as Little S
Katherine Gange
as Little S
Arthur Crockett
as Little M
Viva Ruiz
as Flashback Friend No. 1
Miss Kelly Webb
as Flashback Friend No. 2
Will Keenan
as Lester
Maura Naughton
as Francie
Ruby Evans Leary
as New Born Z
Lucy Knight
as Roommate
Michael Buscemi
as The Pornographer
David Turley
as Barker
Cherry Brodbeck
as Crucified Woman
Julie Spodek
as Trapeze Woman
Lisa Ludwig
as Miss Tall Tanny Puppet
Matthew Gellert
as Monkey Boy
Lucas Cooper
as Monkey Boy
Isabel Robayo
as Bianca
Rik Giannola
as Party Boy
Greg Siebel
as Party Boy
Verna Hampton
as Medicaid Interviewer
Janet Ninatanta
as Spanish Speaker
George Crooks
as Man With List
Margarita Santiago
as Confrontational Woman
Tony Navarro
as Confrontational Man
Michael Fegley
as Potato Chip Man
Carol Todes
as Maggie
Sophia Alexis
as Bakery Lady
David Leslie
as Bicyclist
Steve Vassi
as Harrassing Man
Ezra Venetos
as Fighting Man
Jay Evans
as Waiter
Michael Vacco
as Bartender
Sandra Oles
as Yuppie Woman
Ann McGuire
as Yuppie Woman
Arianna Vena
as Yuppie Woman
Jerrie Swanson
as Can Lady
Michael Schmidt
as Attacker No. 1
Michael Goduti
as Attacker No. 2
John B. Davila
as Attacker No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Margarita Happy Hour

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

The strength of Hutchins' performance and the open-endedness of Chaiken's film keep Zelda vivid long after the fade-out.

August 1, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Effective in all its aspects, Margarita Happy Hour represents an auspicious feature debut for Chaiken.

Full Review… | July 5, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

With its parade of almost perpetually wasted characters ... Margarita feels like a hazy high that takes too long to shake.

Full Review… | May 17, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Its portrait of a very unsung sector of society is refreshingly honest and entertaining.

March 22, 2002
Top Critic

A joyful celebration of female friendship and an unusually honest look at newly responsible young women wistfully saying goodbye to the dreams of their youth.

March 22, 2002
New York Post
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[Chaiken's] talent lies in an evocative, accurate observation of a distinctive milieu and in the lively, convincing dialogue she creates for her characters.

March 22, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

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