Happiness (1998)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 107

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Directed by: Todd Solondz
Starring: Jane Adams (Joy), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Allen), Dylan Baker (Dr. Maplewood), Lara Flynn Boyle (Helen), Cynthia Stevenson (Trish), Camryn Manheim (Kristina), Louise Lasser (Mona Jordan), Ben Gazzara (Lenny Jordan)
Country: United States
Language: English (English subs)
Runtime: 02:19:51
Genres: Misery, Siblings-Family, Old-Young Relationships, Gay, Mass Killings

Plot – Spoilers:
The primary theme of Happiness is the absence of it in the miserable lives of its characters.

Joy is the youngest sister in a dysfunctional family that pretends to be close but whose parents are finally separating after a 40-year marriage. She is prone to crying and is patronized by the rest of her family who regard her as a serial loser.

Trish is Joy’s older sister and a vain successful writer. But deep down she knows she’s a fraud.

Helen is the oldest sister but is caught somewhere between the other two in her life. On the one hand she feels superior to Joy on the basis of having a family of three kids and an allegedly good life with her psychiatrist husband, Maplewood. But on the other hand she’s envious of Trish’s independent success and active sex life. Helen and Maplewood’s marriage is a sham and unbeknownst to her, he has a big thing for little boys. It’s unclear if Maplewood has molested either of his two boys, but he appears to make a couple of attempts at grooming his older son Billy, whose only current aim is to cum.

Allen is a depressed neighbor of Trish who has grandiose lustful thoughts about her, but crumbles in her presence, opting to instead masturbate while telephoning random strangers. An obese neighbor of his lusts for his companionship and she has a few things in her closet as well.

Happiness is one of those really fucked up movies that achieves this glorious status without indulging in graphic effed up content. Just the characters and their lives do it. Most people will find something in it to identify with, but its true greatness lies in how humorously some of the sickest moments are treated.

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Creep
Creep
April 12, 2020 5:35 am

Love. Bleak with some gross concepts. Nice and depressing.

darkjoker
darkjoker
April 24, 2020 10:49 am

This film depicts an average American life. Brutally showcased by the Director.

jenny
jenny
July 13, 2020 11:06 pm

rlly fun moobie!! fun for the whole family

ana
ana
Reply to  jenny
January 2, 2021 10:11 pm

<3

itoslut
itoslut
July 23, 2020 7:09 am

the only fucked up thing in this movie is having to watch two old people make out. oh yeah and the pedophilia but still. ew

Lancer
Lancer
August 18, 2020 4:55 am

Todd Solonz new up in the same town as I did in NJ…. How cathartic and wonderful it is to see the fucked up, shiny on the outside rotten on the inside pageantry being portrayed on screen. “No YOU’RE so busy!!!”

alyssa
alyssa
September 27, 2020 11:20 am

bro this movie was so good but at the same time i never want to watch it again

J:ohn
J:ohn
Reply to  alyssa
June 16, 2021 7:48 am

I Agree

jonathan crumb
jonathan crumb
November 29, 2020 12:20 am

good

Spoopy
Spoopy
January 21, 2021 1:43 am

Brilliant movie! Thanks for uploading EFM.

OJ
OJ
February 2, 2021 6:30 am

An X-ray over American Dream makes it easier for us to see the reality of life in America. These miserable characters carry big weight of desire for happiness on their back. Not many directors dare to touch this theme but todd solondz did it. Brilliant work although I am not a fan of American movies.

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
February 3, 2021 2:34 am

Says the guy with an American actor from an American movie for his avatar…. lolz

Guess he’s a bigger fan of American movies then he thought.

OJ
OJ
Reply to  Dr. Lecter
February 3, 2021 6:12 am

I like and prefer international cinematography rather than american, But that doesn’t mean all american movies are rubbish. There are very good old fashioned movies with great actors like Denzel Washington or Nick Cage that are much better than modern movies.

okiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
okiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
Reply to  OJ
March 22, 2021 8:28 am

you must be very young

Hal
Hal
Reply to  okiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
July 5, 2021 12:28 am

You sound pretentious.

Porusniuc Adina
Porusniuc Adina
February 9, 2021 12:28 am

Mi.a placut acest film. In primele 60 de minute am simtit si putina comedie neagra.

Alice
Alice
March 3, 2021 6:01 pm

To Happiness !

NormieUntilNow
NormieUntilNow
March 19, 2021 4:34 pm

all the bullshit and fuckery, just keep a fake smile through it all.

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
March 20, 2021 5:24 am

Rigid and dilettantish, encapsulating prosaic piteous conviction.

chu
chu
Reply to  Matisse Famke
April 7, 2021 12:21 am

prolapsed and prosthetic… truly encapsulates the quintessential cavity of our constipation.

okiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
okiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
March 22, 2021 8:27 am

trish and helen’s bios are mixed up

okiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
okiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
March 22, 2021 10:59 am

fucked up ending lol

Successful engineer
Successful engineer
March 22, 2021 1:49 pm

Stay at home moms have no damn personality traits other than cooking cleaning and taking care of kids lol

tom bowe
tom bowe
March 25, 2021 12:58 am

that little boys dad is an asshole for raging in the doctors office

PeterGillis
PeterGillis
April 14, 2021 11:58 am

This movie is legit so good you sort of forget how unbelievably bleak and dark it is while watching it.
Hard recommend!

carmen
carmen
May 6, 2021 2:32 pm

i loved this movie. very depressing but worth the watch

Vic
Vic
June 27, 2021 12:16 am

Comedy film made by woke NY liberals that love socialist and communist ideology. Overrated. It has it’s moments.

Eduardo
Eduardo
Reply to  Vic
June 27, 2021 4:06 am

agree

Joe Falk
Joe Falk
Reply to  Vic
August 11, 2021 1:49 pm

cry more

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
Reply to  Vic
November 13, 2021 4:31 pm

Based…..

SEISMIC808
SEISMIC808
October 4, 2021 7:12 pm

Bro I’m like an hour and 20 minutes in this shit hurts why Joy be taking L after L like that

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
Reply to  SEISMIC808
November 13, 2021 4:37 pm

What?!

Why you be talking like an uneducated inner city dweller?

Oh. Never mind.

Ron Jeremy
Ron Jeremy
November 13, 2021 11:23 am

Fuck up ya cunts it’s a fuckin movie,watch it as such

omaksa7bety1234
omaksa7bety1234
December 19, 2021 7:58 pm

a masterpiece quite literally. always will be a classic

TangerineFupa
TangerineFupa
December 22, 2021 7:30 am

Quality film

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