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Happy Endings (2005)

All's well that ends swell.

Original Title : Happy Endings
Director : Don Roos
Writer : Don Roos
Genre : Drama
Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Bobby Cohen , Mike Elliott , Ali Forman , Jon Kuyper , Nicolas Meyer , Tom Ortenberg , Michael Paseornek , Marc E. Platt , Laura D. Smith , Mike Upton , Holly Wiersma
Photography : J. Clark Mathis
Distributor : Lions Gate Films Inc.
MPAA Rating : Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use.
IMDB ID : 0361693
Official site : http://www.happyendingsthemovie.com/
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Happy Endings (2005) - Don Roos
 

Starring

┬Lisa Kudrow Miriam 'Mamie' Toll
┬Steve Coogan Charley Peppitone
┬Jesse Bradford Nicky Kunitz
┬Bobby Cannavale Javier Duran
┬Maggie Gyllenhaal Jude
┬Jason Ritter Otis McKee
┬Tom Arnold Frank McKee
┬David Sutcliffe Gilbert 'Gil' Palmer
┬Sarah Clarke Diane
┬Laura Dern Pam Ferris
┬Hallee Hirsh Mamie at 17
┬Eric Jungmann Charley at 16/Tom
┬Kim Morgan Greene Connie Toll Peppitone
┬Rayne Marcus Annette
┬Caker Folley Lauren Kasinger
┬Amanda Foreman Lane
┬Nicole Tocantins Tess
┬Mark Fite Tess's Drunk Husband
┬Soledad St. Hilaire Dignora
┬Ramon De Ocampo Alvin
┬A.J. Trauth Bill
┬Carole Androsky Naked Woman (as Carol Androsky
┬Tamara Davies Shauna Walters
┬Ashleigh Darkbloom Rain
┬Emma Hunton Becca
┬T.R. Hopper Chuck Peppitone
┬Rob Macie Steve the Lawyer
┬Lisa Hoyle Woman Driver
┬Joe Milton Musician
┬Joe Beyer Musician
┬Randy Landas Musician
┬Scott Sener Karaoke Guy
┬Rana McAnear Bar Patron
┬Johnny Galecki The guitarist (uncredited
┬Peter Horton The Urologist (uncredited
 

Plot

Mamie Toll (Lisa Kudrow) is an abortion clinic receptionist with a massage therapist lover, Javier (Bobby Cannavale), and a secret: when she was younger, she and her gay stepbrother, Charley Peppitone (Steve Coogan), had a child that she gave up for adoption. One day, Nicky Kunitz (Jesse Bradford), a sleazy filmmaker, shows up and plans to blackmail her with information on her child's whereabouts so that he can film the reunion and use it to get into the AFI. Charley now runs his family's restaurant with his lover, Gil (David Sutcliffe), and suspects that their lesbian friends, Pam (Laura Dern) and Diane (Sarah Clarke), lied about using Gil's sperm to create a child so that they wouldn't have to share him with them. Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has been kicked out of her cousin's house and is now living with Otis (Jason Ritter), a closeted musician that lives with his widower father, Frank McKee (Tom Arnold), who has become infatuated with Jude. What Jude didn't count on was actually falling in love with Frank. In the end, will anyone have a happy ending?
 

Comments

Totally Delightful, 30 July 2005 Author: felixoscar from New York, USA Just what is it with the public, and even the more discerning critics? This makes three art house films in a row that have been even better than I expected: Heights, Mysterious Skin and now the contemporary multiple story-themed Happy Endings. While I never thought these would break the $ 50 million mark, come on, all are truly superior story telling. Like the other two, Happy Endinds is involving, well-written and cost what, less than one-tenth of what puerile nonsense like The Longest Yard and The Island demand? All three have gay characters, another link. All are modern stories. And all are brought to life by naturalistic, fine performances. Lisa Kudrow leads a sterling cast, with several name performers who seemed eager to appear even in smaller roles, Someone I hardly know, Jesse Bradford, appears in two of the three films, with talent far beyond what was exhibited in more commercial work. I could have watched another hour of this group of interlocking stories. As a fan of Altman's Short Cuts, there are indeed parallels here, but why would this "Endings" be considered so inferior? So prepared for talk, sit down and enjoy yourself, I sure as hell know that this one brought lots of pleasure to me.
 
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Happy Endings (2005) - Don Roos
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Happy Endings (2005) - Don Roos
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