Happiness

Happiness

Director: Todd Solondz Cast: Jane Adams, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle
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Overview

Happiness

After his 1995 breakthrough, Welcome to the Dollhouse, director Todd Solondz was courted by a number of studios to make a big-budget film with top stars. Instead, he chose to make this aggressively dark comedy-drama of perversions and twisted lives. Andy Kornbluth (Jon Lovitz) explodes with anger after rejection in a restaurant from Joy Jordan (Jane Adams), one of a trio of middle-class New Jersey sisters. Joy's sister Trish (Cynthia Stevenson), a housewife with three kids, is married to psychiatrist Bill (Dylan Baker), who counsels the lonely, overweight Allen (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Allen is obsessed with Joy's other sister, the successful poet Helen (Lara Flynn Boyle), all the while ignoring the attentions of his seemingly sweet yet overweight neighbor Kristina (Camryn Manheim). Bill has fantasies of turning an assault rifle on families in a park, masturbates to teen magazine photos, and develops an unhealthy interest in a classmate of his 11-year-old son, Billy (Rufus Read). After a telephone sales job, Joy moves on to substitute teach at an adult education class, where she falls prey to the advances of an insensitive cabdriver, Vlad (Jared Harris). Allen's series of obscene phone calls to Helen come to an end when she challenges him to come next door and carry out his sexual threats. Meanwhile, the sisters' parents, Lenny and Mona Jordan (Ben Gazzara and Louise Lasser), find their marriage collapsing after 40 years. Lenny has sparked the interest of divorcée Diane Freed (Elizabeth Ashley), but he actually would prefer to be alone. The path to happiness, it seems, is littered with dreams, despair, and abnormalities. Winner of the International Critics' prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, Happiness met with much controversy both in pre-production and upon its release, as chronicled in producer Christine Vachon's book Shooting to Kill.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
UPC: 0031398826620
Original Release: 1998
Rating: NR
Source: Lions Gate
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 2:20:00

Special Features

Cast & crew information; 4x3 letterbox; 2.0 Dolby surround sound; Spanish, english & french subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Adams Joy Jordan
Dylan Baker Bill Maplewood
Lara Flynn Boyle Helen Jordan
Ben Gazzara Lenny Jordan
Jared Harris Vlad
Philip Seymour Hoffman Allen
Jon Lovitz Andy Kornbluth
Marla Maples Ann Chambeau
Cynthia Stevenson Trish Maplewood
Elizabeth Ashley Diane Freed
Louise Lasser Mona Jordan
Camryn Manheim Kristina
Rufus Read Billy Maplewood
Anne Bobby Rhonda
Dan Moran Joe Grasso
Evan Silverberg Johnny Grasso

Technical Credits
Todd Solondz Director,Screenwriter
Maryse Alberti Cinematographer
John Bruce Art Director
Neil Danziger Sound/Sound Designer
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Nicholas Evans Set Decoration/Design
Jude Gorjanc Asst. Director
Ann Goulder Casting
Ted Hope Producer
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Robbie Kondor Score Composer
David Linde Executive Producer
Kathryn Nixon Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Oxman Editor
Jim Ryan Animator
James Schamus Executive Producer
Christine Vachon Producer
Damien Volpe Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Ashtray [6:12]
2. Dozen Eggs [3:18]
3. Elevator [2:58]
4. Sibling Nonsense [3:11]
5. No Problem [3:49]
6. Used as a Verb [4:17]
7. Face-Lift [4:46]
8. State of Irony [4:12]
9. Rejection [1:25]
10. Cubicle [4:11]
11. Everything [3:26]
12. Scab [2:47]
13. Professional [2:32]
14. Tuna Sandwich [4:33]
15. Morning [2:18]
16. Home [1:58]
17. Measure [2:32]
18. Fresh Start [3:03]
19. Small Talk [3:11]
20. Busted [2:33]
21. Get Out [4:11]
22. New Jersey [4:24]
23. Tea [3:57]
24. Morning After [2:35]
25. Hospital [1:56]
26. 13 [3:53]
27. Return [3:45]
28. Tunisia [4:49]
29. Acceptance [2:58]
30. Pluses and Minuses [8:48]
31. Redial [5:35]
32. Loan [5:07]
33. Police [5:38]
34. Heart to Heart [4:36]
35. To Happiness [5:12]
36. End Credits [4:57]

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Happiness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you watch this, you think 'oh how sick' and 'what a twisted movie'. But in reality we all have our quirks and secrets that we don't want our neighbors to know. This movie exposes some of that and the daily happenings of the misguided people we are and the people we think we know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although at many times disturbing, this movie is a delight. The director (Welcome to Dollhouse) creates a movie that really captures the extremes of some people's lives.