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Happy Endings
     

Happy Endings

3.2 4
Director: Don Roos, Tom Arnold, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale

Cast: Don Roos, Tom Arnold, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale

 
Three loosely interrelated stories of dysfunctional relationships are played for edgy laughs in this dark comedy drama from writer and director Don Roos. An unexpected assignation between stepsiblings Mamie and Charley results in Mamie becoming pregnant, with the child being put up for adoption shortly after birth. Twenty years later, Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) is approached

Overview

Three loosely interrelated stories of dysfunctional relationships are played for edgy laughs in this dark comedy drama from writer and director Don Roos. An unexpected assignation between stepsiblings Mamie and Charley results in Mamie becoming pregnant, with the child being put up for adoption shortly after birth. Twenty years later, Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) is approached by Nicky (Jesse Bradford), an aspiring filmmaker with an abrasive personality who claims to know where her long-lost son is living. However, there's a catch -- Nicky wants to shoot the reunion for the student film he's working on, and won't tell her about her child unless she agrees, though her lover, Javier (Bobby Cannavale), attempts to work out a compromise. Meanwhile, Charley (Steve Coogan), now out of the closet, has a longstanding relationship with Gil (David Sutcliffe), and the couple are involved in a legal battle over whether or not Gil's donated sperm produced a baby who has been adopted by a lesbian couple they know (Laura Dern and Sarah Clarke). And finally, Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a bohemian malcontent who becomes involved with Otis (Jason Ritter), a sexually ambiguous rock musician. Otis has a difficult relationship with his father, Frank (Tom Arnold), but when Jude meets Frank, she likes him fine -- in fact, she soon falls in love with him and leaves Otis for his dad. Happy Endings had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
UPC:
0031398183723
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
61,844

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital; Commentary with Don Roos, Clark Mathis and Lisa Kudrow; "Making of" featurette; Deleted scenes (commentary option); Outtakes (commentary option); Montage (commentary option); Trailers; English and Spanish subtitles; Menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Arnold Frank
Jesse Bradford Nicky
Bobby Cannavale Javier
Sarah Clarke Diane
Steve Coogan Charley
Laura Dern Pam
Maggie Gyllenhaal Jude
Lisa Kudrow Marnie
Jason Ritter Otis
David Sutcliffe Gil
Johnny Galecki Actor
Hallee Hirsh Mamie at 17
Eric Jungmann Charley at 16,Tom
Kim Morgan Greene Connie Peppitone
Rayne Marcus Annette
Caker Folley Lauren
Amanda Foreman Lane
Nicole Tocantins Tess
Mark Fite Tess's Drunk Husband
Soledad St. Hilaire Dignore
Ramon De Ocampo Alvin
Andrew James Trauth Bill
Carol Androsky Naked Woman
Tamara Davies Shauna
Ashleigh Darkbloom Rain
Emma Hunton Becca
T.R. Hopper Chuck Peppitone
Rob Macie Steve the Lawyer
Lisa Hoyle Woman Driver
Joe Milton Musician #1
Dave Beyer Musician #2
Randy Landas Musician #3
Scott Sener Karaoke Guy

Technical Credits
Don Roos Director,Screenwriter
Ramsay Adams Musical Direction/Supervision
Melissa Barker Stunts
Stan Barrett Stunts
Nicole Basanda Stunts
John Brace Casting
David Codron Editor
Bobby Cohen Co-producer
Casey Easlick Stunts
Ali Forman Co-producer
Dave Hnatiuk Musical Direction/Supervision
Lisa Hoyle Stunts
Linda Lowy Casting
Clark Mathis Cinematographer
Robert Melnik Associate Producer
Nick Meyer Executive Producer
Mike Elliott Executive Producer
Ernie F. Orsatti Stunts
Tom Ortenberg Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek Producer
Benjamin Patrick Sound Mixer
Denny Pierce Stunts
Marc E. Platt Co-producer
Alex Proner Musical Direction/Supervision
Peggy Schnitzer Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Sherman Production Designer
Donna Sloan Associate Producer
Laura Smith Associate Producer
Ronn Surels Stunts
Eric Tignini Asst. Director
Nicole Tocantins Musical Direction/Supervision
Dan Turrett Camera Operator
Scott Waugh Stunts
Holly Wiersma Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Happy Endings
1. Main Titles/She's Not Dead [4:05]
2. A Message to Javier [5:56]
3. A Place to Stay [5:45]
4. Unrequited [4:12]
5. A Legitimate Proposal [4:51]
6. Band Practice [3:24]
7. The American Dream [5:56]
8. Seduction [5:03]
9. "I'm the Boss" [6:30]
10. A Step Up [2:28]
11. The Pool House [5:56]
12. "It's Not Fatal" [8:32]
13. "Just Blame Me" [6:53]
14. Javier's Friend [5:46]
15. 100% Heart [7:38]
16. The Truth Hurts [6:33]
17. A Tense Screening [8:45]
18. Big Decisions [7:36]
19. Born Gay [6:04]
20. Meeting Tom [5:52]
21. "It's Better to Know You..." [1:50]
22. Epilogue [3:17]
23. Wedding Dance [3:50]
24. End Credits [5:50]

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Happy Endings 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I liked this film because it really was interesting to see how everything got connected. The director and writer Don Roos did a great job with the beginning of the film by immediately grabbing everyone's attention! It had so many stories that you had to keep up with and they all did get solved in the end but if you weren't paying attention or thinking then you would have missed one or two of them. While the story is very interesting and does keep the audience focused, by the end I think it runs a little too long. I also think that actually making the movie have a happy ending kind of softened the impact of the film. Another thing that sort of bugs me was the constant written narration borders that kept appearing. It was creative for the first couple of times but after a while, it got annoying and really took the focus off what was happening in the film. The acting however in the film was great although I have to mention a few performances that stood out above the rest and those were Lisa Kudrow, Maggie Gyllenhall, Jesse Bradford and Tom Arnold. Kudrow plays a great serious and deep role. Arnold's character is also very dramatic and convincing. Bradford doesn't play the heartthrob here but the wacky documentary film maker. And Gyllenhall's performance is sleazy and cruel. This is Don Roos third attempt at a feature film, and I think it's probably his best too! It's not a perfect film but it is shot so that you feel the emotions of the characters and feel bad for them at times, and find them amusing at times as well. ‘Happy Endings’ has a terrific story (s), great acting, but it has a few down falls and to me the most disappointing thing about the film was the ending. I think the biggest joke this film could have played on the audience was to make the ending an oxymoron to the films title. But like I said already, it's a good movie to see because the performances are terrific and different then most roles the actors and actresses played beforehand. Happy viewing.
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