The Happy Ending
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The Happy Ending
Suburban housewives console themselves with pills and alcohol to tolerate their spouses' infidelities in The Happy Ending. Mary Wilson (Jean Simmons) is married to Fred (John Forsythe) and she prepares for their 16th wedding-anniversary party with tranquilizers and booze. The guests are clients of Fred's, a successful tax attorney. Harry (Dick Shawn) and wife Helen (Tina Louise) are two of the guests. Helen offers herself to Fred, as Mary entertains thoughts of bedding down with the playboy Sam (Lloyd Bridges) or a young gigolo (Bobby Darin). Agnes (Nanette Fabray) is the level-headed… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A well-developed and acted and potentially significant 'woman's movie' unfortunately drowns in Brooks' over indulgences and over-writing."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Jean Simmons struggles valiantly but no avail; she's defeated by writer-director Brooks's dreary, overwritten screenplay."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Happy Ending is a kind of false Faces -- a movie that set out to expose the kitsch of Hollywood fantasy."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Depressing melodrama about the trials and tribulations of a modern marriage."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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