Happy Hour
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An alcoholic must choose between love, life, and the bottle in this independent comedy drama. Tulley (Anthony LaPaglia) is a self-described "drinker with a writing problem," who after publishing a handful of well-respected short stories, began work on a novel. The novel, however, turned out to be a harder task than Tulley imagined, and he opted to take a job as an advertising copywriter, where he earns a good living but makes scant use of his talent. Tulley has also fallen into a habit of heavy drinking, as his best friend, Levine (Eric Stoltz), looks on with bemused concern. One… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In a world with so many problems, it's hard to drum up any sympathy for these characters' profligate self-destruction."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"If only its characters weren't such stereotypes."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"never fleshes any of its characters out beyond bare simplicity"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Drama of a self-destructive, boozing New York ad man would reek of cliche were it not for a virtuosic performance from Anthony LaPaglia, who still fails to make this small film big."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Sharply written, flawlessly acted."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"First-time writer-director Mike Bencivenga and co-writer Richard Levine have a flair for brittle repartee, and an obvious affection for literate drunks, but their take on the drinking life feels antiquated and movie-derived."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"What you'll remember most about the movie is its banal script and dialogue so ripe it almost laughs at itself."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"An unhappy hour-and-a-half."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Happy Hour is strictly college-level compost, content with its mediocrity, if not wholly unaware of it."
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Provides enough tragi-comedy to make the viewer feel like drowning their own sorrows... while laughing to lift their spirits."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"LaPaglia is solid and there's a grittiness here, and a clear-eyed approach to alcoholism that's reminiscent of Leaving Las Vegas."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The characters in Happy Hour are stick figures from a musty old teleplay that might be titled The Days of Wine and Malarkey."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The premise of the ever-soused movie is solid, too bad the execution is anything but."
‑ , E! Online
"Nothing especially new, but a well-acted chamber piece about a self-destructive writer."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Collectively, the result is a familiar film off the beaten path."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
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