Happy Endings
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Three loosely interrelated stories of dysfunctional relationships are played for edgy laughs in this dark comedy drama from writer and director Don Roos. An unexpected assignation between stepsiblings Mamie and Charley results in Mamie becoming pregnant, with the child being put up for adoption shortly after birth. Twenty years later, Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) is approached by Nicky (Jesse Bradford), an aspiring filmmaker with an abrasive personality who claims to know where her long-lost son is living. However, there's a catch -- Nicky wants to shoot the reunion for the student film he's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

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"Intriguing but overlong and indulgent, the work of a writer too in love with his characters."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"The drama never feels more than a well-shot TV soap. Worse is Roos' tragic insistence on text inserts to explain every motivation, making the whole thing look like a fatal cross between Queer As Folk and VH1's Pop Up Video."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Rarely has a film started so brilliantly and then so willfully shot itself directly in the foot."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Happy Endings is two-thirds of a really good film."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"...an uneven, sometimes rambling journey that elicits mostly false emotion with regard to the payoff suggested by its title."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Serves as a relaunching pad for the magical talents of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jude."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Potent social satire mixes with multiple characters incapable of telling the truth, especially to themselves, in writer/director Don Roos' enjoyable comedy of deception and dysfunction."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A quirky and often enjoyable film about dysfunctional relationships, Happy Endings brings together separate stories about complicated characters who are all trying to deal with the truth."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The most satisfying film of the year."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"Lisa Kudrow's sporting serious brown hair. Tom Arnold's wearing a rare dramatic frown. So we know Happy Endings isn't likely to be a frivolous comedy."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"Roos's movie is so aggressively pleased with itself it leaves you feeling it doesn't even need an audience."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"There's a little fanciful magic to spread over this flighty romance on the run, or at least enough to take that hackneyed notion of the happy ending, and fashion something fresh and new."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"The cast is a who's who, a who's not, and a who might one day be; they're the best part of a picture that is unnecessarily complex."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"An unsuccessful attempt is made to tie all these loose threads together into one coherent story."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"...although it's generally entertaining throughout, Happy Endings just doesn't have the emotional impact that Roos is clearly striving for."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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