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The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Exhibits an almost pitch-perfect balance between condescension and compassion.
It'll soon have you quoting German existential philosophers in coming to terms with it . . .
...seduces us with subtle humor and then hammers us with unpleasantness; it seems as selfishly opportunistic as anything committed by the perverted characters it portrays.
Happiness is tough stuff -- quietly confrontational, genuinely haunting, and, most disturbing of all, unexpectedly moving.
Even in the darkest, sickest moments, there's always some kind of humor [but] what makes this comedy superior to most is that it remains painfully sincere.
I'm fairly thick skinned, but this film managed to create major feelings of revulsion in me.
By far Solondz's best film, an original exploration of American suburban angst, with three Chekhovian sisters at the center and a gallery of "deviant" characters that are presented with humor in non-judgmental way.
Some truly hilarious moments, but I spent most of the film with my mouth hanging open in shock.
A brave, brilliantly realized piece of work, one that will be debated about for years to come.
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