Margarita Happy Hour
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Margarita Happy Hour
It's hard to be hip and a mother at the same time, as one twenty-something New Yorker discovers in this independent comedy drama. Zelda (Eleanor Hutchins) is a struggling artist who lives with her boyfriend Max (Larry Fessenden), a would-be writer, in a bohemian neighborhood in Brooklyn favored by fellow creative types for the cheap rents and friendly atmosphere. Zelda is also the mother of a two-year-old boy, Little Z (Jonah Leland). Max is the child's father, but doesn't go out of his way to shoulder his share of the labor in caring for him; Zelda says that since she opted to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The strength of Hutchins' performance and the open-endedness of Chaiken's film keep Zelda vivid long after the fade-out."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Its portrait of a very unsung sector of society is refreshingly honest and entertaining."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Highly uneven and inconsistent ... Margarita Happy Hour kinda resembles the el cheapo margaritas served within."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"A knowing look at female friendship, spiked with raw urban humor."
‑ Bill Gallo, New Times
"The film's ensemble portrait of women caught between nostalgia for the tough and free-spirited babes they were ... and uncertainty about what their futures hold is almost painfully on target."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Effective in all its aspects, Margarita Happy Hour represents an auspicious feature debut for Chaiken."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A joyful celebration of female friendship and an unusually honest look at newly responsible young women wistfully saying goodbye to the dreams of their youth."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"A miniscule little bleep on the film radar, but one that many more people should check out"
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"The film is like sitting in a downtown café, overhearing a bunch of typical late-twenty-somethings natter on about nothing, and desperately wishing you could change tables."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A woman's pic directed with resonance by Ilya Chaiken."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"With its parade of almost perpetually wasted characters ... Margarita feels like a hazy high that takes too long to shake."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"[Chaiken's] talent lies in an evocative, accurate observation of a distinctive milieu and in the lively, convincing dialogue she creates for her characters."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"It's a pedestrian, flat drama that screams out 'amateur' in almost every frame."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"One of those rare films that seems as though it was written for no one, but somehow manages to convince almost everyone that it was put on the screen, just for them."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The film's apocalyptic urban setting and unrelentingly icy zeitgeist is message enough without a triumphant parting shot"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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