Happy Hour
Happy Hour (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 22, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

In a world with so many problems, it's hard to drum up any sympathy for these characters' profligate self-destruction.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

If only its characters weren't such stereotypes.

Christopher Null

never fleshes any of its characters out beyond bare simplicity

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

What you'll remember most about the movie is its banal script and dialogue so ripe it almost laughs at itself.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An unhappy hour-and-a-half.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

LaPaglia is solid and there's a grittiness here, and a clear-eyed approach to alcoholism that's reminiscent of Leaving Las Vegas.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

The characters in Happy Hour are stick figures from a musty old teleplay that might be titled The Days of Wine and Malarkey.

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E! Online

The premise of the ever-soused movie is solid, too bad the execution is anything but.

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