The Happy Ending
The Happy Ending (1969)

Happy Ending was intended as a satire of the emptiness of suburban life. Jean Simmons (then the wife of producer/ director/ writer Richard Brooks) is bored silly by her 16-year marriage to John Forsythe. She jets off to the Bahamas and… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 21, 1969
DVD Release Date: May 28, 1996
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Critic Score: 20% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A well-developed and acted and potentially significant 'woman's movie' unfortunately drowns in Brooks' over indulgences and over-writing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Depressing melodrama about the trials and tribulations of a modern marriage.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Happy Ending is a kind of false Faces -- a movie that set out to expose the kitsch of Hollywood fantasy.

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TV Guide

Jean Simmons struggles valiantly but no avail; she's defeated by writer-director Brooks's dreary, overwritten screenplay.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Simmons is excellent -- she earned an Oscar nomination, as did the song "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?" -- while Bobby Darin amuses as an Italian slickster.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Jean Simmons makes this compelling viewing. The backstory of the film is that director Richard Brooks, Simmons husband at the time, was concerned and aware of… More