The Happy Ending
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The Happy Ending
When a woman decides that she needs to "find herself," typical of the sixties, she walks out on her marriage of sixteen years. The pain and suffering she deals her family is nothing compared to what she does to herself in this soul-searching bout, but the movie does not really give any definitive answers or come to any satisfactory conclusions regarding her search. The most memorable addition this movie made to the film world was through its music. Michel LeGrand's theme song for this movie, "What Are You Doing with the Rest of Your Life?" became a huge hit.

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
More reviews for The Happy Ending on Rotten Tomatoes