Happy Tears
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Teeth director Michael Lichtenstein takes a sharp turn from teen-oriented satire to mature family drama with this semi-autobiographical story concerning a pair of grown-up sisters who return to their family home in order to care for their ailing father. Jayne (Parker Posey) and Laura (Demi Moore) have long since moved out of their family home when they discover that their father's (Rip Torn) health has taken a turn for the worse. Returning to Pittsburgh in order to care for their slowly degenerating dad, the sisters quickly realize that their father is in total denial about his condition.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A cringe-inducing, self-consciously kooky indie comedy that's best enjoyed for its taste of Rip Torn, who, judging by his recent alleged bank break-in, comes to loose-cannon stuff naturally."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"On its way to a climax that ends every plot strand on an unrealistically upbeat and pat note, Happy Tears loses sight of what made the film so engrossing in the first place."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Demi Moore and Parker Posey play polar-opposite sisters dealing with their aging father (Rip Torn) who's showing signs of senility, soiling himself and shacking up with his "nurse" (Ellen Barkin)."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Reminds one of how bad American independent films...can be."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Not all of the subplots work, but with its flights of fancy, strong acting and a cockeyed skew of family dysfunction, Happy Tears most certainly tries."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"Writer and director Mitchell Lichtenstein struggles to find the humor in a host of horrors."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"In the role of a dialed-down, capable woman, Demi Moore suggests dramatic possibilities for future roles. She projects a kind of calm, and it's attractive."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's rarely dull and confidently guided by the cast, but it offers little in the way of overall impact, despite creative visual flourishes and a screenplay rooted in the devastating game of personal reflection. It's cold to the touch."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"You don't necessarily believe these are real folks but boy they sure are entertaining."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"An oddball family drama with idiosyncratic characters and a handful of surreal scenes."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Happy Tears settles for the usual moments, even at its quirkiest."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Not even the reliable Posey can salvage this slag heap, and fans of the iconic Indiewood starlet -- Poseyphiles? Parkerheads? -- will be especially crestfallen."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"one of those awkwardly pretentious attempts to seem hip and profound by simply depicting people acting really goofy"
‑ Jason McKiernan, Filmcritic.com
"Sometimes dysfunctional families are better kept for personal consumption rather than being unleashed on the world at large."
‑ Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine
"If the plot unfolded in a less formulaic way, this could have been an impressive dark-tinged comedy. But in the end, it's more a case of talented actors trying to find something fresh in a fairly stale tale."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
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