The Trouble with Bliss (2012)

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The Trouble with Bliss tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu), Morris realizes that even though his life is unraveling, it's also opening up in ways that are long overdue. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
PG-13 (for sexual content, partial nudity and a brief violent image)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Michael C. Hall
as Morris Bliss
Brie Larson
as Stephanie Jouseski
Sarah Shahi
as Hattie Skunk/Hattie Rockworth
Peter Fonda
as Seymour Bliss
Lucy Liu
as Andrea
Brad William Henke
as Steven "Jetski" Jouseski
Scott Johnsen
as George
Carol Lambert
as Stephanie's Grandmother
Glenn Kubota
as Mr. Charlies
Larry Cohen
as Counter Guy
Mary Goggin
as Mrs. Cruxo
Melanie Torres
as The Cindi
Kate Simses
as Nancy
Dana Raja
as Girl on Rollerblades
Carl Villa Roman
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Trouble with Bliss

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
Arizona Republic
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The difficulties of adapting idiosyncratic literature to the screen are all too apparent in The Trouble With Bliss.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

Striving mightily to be the indie equivalent of a wacky sitcom, "The Trouble With Bliss" fails to draw much humor from farcical situations.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
New York Post
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The kind of movie that gives a bad name to the concept of "quirky."

March 22, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
NPR
Top Critic

Knowles and Light indulge in so many indie clichés, their movie could be used as a film-school case study.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Trouble with Bliss

½

Some people take longer to grow up than others, blissfully unaware of the exasperation they radiate on those around.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah
½

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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