Happy Tears
Happy Tears (2010)

Explores how a parent's dementia can distort the reality of one of his daughters while she is trying to get her life back together.

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 19, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Replete with quirky indie cliches, Happy Tears wastes some fine performances from Demi Moore, Parker Posey, and Rip Torn on stale formula.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Happy Tears is a complete mess of a movie, but Lichtenstein conjures some sweet moments and striking metaphors -- and none more striking than Posey's $500 boots, which look either black or blue, given the available light.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Overwrought comedy.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Writer and director Mitchell Lichtenstein struggles to find the humor in a host of horrors.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Happy Tears settles for the usual moments, even at its quirkiest.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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).

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Hollywood's strong female actors have in Lichtenstein a young talent who gives them the roles they deserve.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Brian Orndorf

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 21% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
The one thing hard to believe about this movie is that Demi Moore even accepted her role. Family Drama about a dad who has reached the age o really needing… More
Sol C
The film was so so. I felt like I have seen this type of movie before. It reminded me of movies like Marvin's Room and In Her Shoes, except those films… More
Cast: Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Rip Torn, Ellen Barkin, Christian Camargo, Billy Magnussen, Sebastian Roche, Victor Slezak, T. Ryder Smith, Richard Barlow, Tom… More
Daisy Maduro
Happy Tears, starring Parker Posley and Demi Moore was an independent, simple, drama of a dysfunctional family.Two sisters moved back home to take care of their… More
Robert C
There was potential here for greatness, but ultimatley the film is just too convoluted to be effective. While there are many interesting / creative ideas… More
Sunil Jawahir
There were things to like about this movie but it was messy. Posey and Moore had an interesting relationship and were the only reason I was into it at all. The… More