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Hall does what he can, but Michael Knowles' film does such a thorough job portraying the ennui and aimlessness gripping its protagonist that the feeling is contagious.
The difficulties of adapting idiosyncratic literature to the screen are all too apparent in The Trouble With Bliss.
Striving mightily to be the indie equivalent of a wacky sitcom, "The Trouble With Bliss" fails to draw much humor from farcical situations.
The kind of movie that gives a bad name to the concept of "quirky."
Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall.
Knowles and Light indulge in so many indie clichés, their movie could be used as a film-school case study.
Ultimately, "The Trouble With Bliss" is a more positive way to use one's time than Morris is spending his.
The Trouble With Bliss intriguingly showcases the numerous struggles people face as they reflect on their life paths.
Packs a lot of Lower East Side quirkiness into 97 minutes. Maybe too much.
Less than the comic sum of its sardonic parts "The Trouble With Bliss" is a triviality.
The trouble with Bliss isn't that he's lazy... it's that he's boring.
Indie pap, populated by determinedly eccentric characters you don't give a toss about.
In "The Trouble with Bliss," the problem with Morris(Michael C. Hall) is not that he is still living with his father(Peter Fonda) but that he has never traveled anywhere, much less complete the simplest of tasks such as getting new keys made or groceries. To be totally unfair, Morris does have an 18-year old girlfriend, Stephanie(Brie Larson), which might possibly be explained by probable daddy issues, since Morris might have once known her father(Brad William Henke).
"The Trouble with Bliss" is a fine starting place with a cool cast that also includes Sarah Shahi and Lucy Liu, of which Peter Fonda and Brie Larson fare the best to nobody's surprise. And it's nice that it references Forbidden Planet(the store, not the movie) and Homage to Catalonia. But that's it. I mean, overall the movie is as listless and lacking in ambition as its title character and that's no fun at all for anybody.
I seem to be going through a phase of loving every movie I see. It surely can't last!
This is a quirky little film, but I really enjoyed it. Story does go off a little at times, but it's mostly good with excellent cast and likeable or interesting characters.
The dynamic between Bliss (Hall) and his old man (played by Peter Fonda), makes the film worthy of your time. Sadly, the film is all over the place. The main character finds himself in various situations, which is very interesting to watch. Unfortunately, it serves no real purpose to the narrative. It just highlights the absurdity of his life and makes it evident that some change is needed.
Great performances! So-so film!
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