Happiness

Happiness

1998
Comedy
Drama
2h 14m
A series of intertwining love stories, stories of connections missed and made between people, how people always struggle to make a connection, and to what degree they succeed or don't.
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Happiness

1998
Comedy
Drama
2h 14m
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Rated 02 Mar 2008
10
98th
Ugly, disgusting and really uncomfortable. But somehow still a comedy. Of sorts. How the hell did this ever get made? "Hi studio exec - my name is Todd Solondz and I'm here to depress the hell out of you. Give me some money, please?" One of the greatest things to come out of the 90s.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
94th
A scorchingly harsh movie. Really digs deep into the bleakness of interpersonal relationships and how difficult it is to control any of our own fates. The whole movie plays like a terrible dream that feels entirely true . . . and its humor is so black that you feel awful while you're laughing.
Rated 14 Jul 2007
89
90th
Oh god, what the hell! MOM! HELP!!!!!
Rated 22 Mar 2010
10
98th
FUCK
Rated 31 Jul 2009
90
97th
Insanely dark comedy that fits right into the Solondz mould. This is by far my faviourite Solondz film, the humour is brutal and at times even scary making the viewer uncomfortable yet somehow fascinated as to just how far this movie will push it. The dialogue is sharp and the performances are brilliant. In particular Seymour Hoffman's performance is epic. A masterpiece.
Rated 04 Dec 2006
8
82nd
You should probably watch this with your mom.
Rated 23 Dec 2008
8
80th
Adjective, adjective, adjective, adjective, adjective, adjective, and a lil loco.
Rated 18 Apr 2010
87
90th
The darkest of black comedies, for when faced with this much awkwardness, ugliness, and angst, what other way is their to cope but to laugh? Made all the more uncomfortable once you find something in it to relate too, in spite of your desire to distance yourself from the characters as much as possible. Baker and Hoffman's performances stand out amongst a group of already strong performances.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
78th
If a movie could have balls, this would have the biggest pair.
Rated 30 Nov 2009
93
97th
Fuck me, there's black comedy and there's "Happiness". How can you describe this? Jet-black comedy? An amazing cast, and Solondz really is just an incredibly brave guy.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
79
89th
Not much happiness here, but all the more tragedy. I found it greatly entertaining, as it uses humor to highlight the darkness.
Rated 26 Oct 2009
91
97th
This is a story of people who are desperately seeking happiness which is so hard to achieve. There is no shortcut for love. And happiness is so different for different people. We are blocked by exptectations created by ourselves and by other people. Everything is shown through black humour which is pretty serious more deeper you go with it. Many brilliant performances, excellent directing.
Rated 31 Dec 2007
95
97th
The finest pitch-black comedy in existence. Much better than Welcome the the Dollhouse and free of the annoying stylistic choices that dragged down Palindromes, this is Solondz's finest movie. Equally disturbing and hilarious, you'll be laughing at the very same things that make you cringe.
Rated 31 Mar 2007
100
95th
Very funny and disturbing look at the perpetual human ugliness
Rated 12 Jul 2007
5
96th
Deeply misanthropic and revolting...yet I loved every minute of its cringe-inducing dialog and (with a few exceptions) the genuinely loathsome/pathetic characters. Far and away the best flick of Solondz's relatively small corpus of work.
Rated 04 Aug 2008
87
88th
A friend of mine watched this with her parents...not a good call
Rated 10 Sep 2022
80
77th
I am champagne. I am champagne. I am champagne. I am champagne. I am champagne. I am champagne.
Rated 24 Jan 2009
89
96th
'It was a crime of passion, ... I'm a passionate woman.' The amount of brilliante dialogues you find in Happiness is amazing. ... You will be blown away by its dark, savage humour, and its uncomforting view on relations and sex. ... Still the best of Todd Solondz's repertoire.
Rated 03 Mar 2009
10
99th
Once again Solondz finds comedy in truly fucked up situations, and again he does it well. Unlike Welcome to the Dollhouse however, this works as a drama also.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
92
97th
Really disturbing and yet the comedy still works, so Solondz must be doing something right.
Rated 06 Jan 2010
20
1st
couldn't watch this one to the end, it's SO incredibly obvious and forced. just for calling a film about despaired and broken personalities "happiness" solondz deserves a heavy slap - i mean, that is not even irony, it's just dull. --- though there is some ben gazzara in it, which is always a plus i guess.
Rated 30 Jun 2008
100
99th
Todd Solondz is a genious. Although not a horror film, Happiness is a terrifying movie. It's brilliance is in how it leads one to imagine the harshest of sexual/emotional deviances yet it never explicitly states or shows them. If one is confident that their sense of humour is sick and twisted enough, this movie is completely worth seeing.
Rated 02 May 2012
90
95th
This is a greatly accomplished true black comedy with an amazing array of grey tones. It's difficult to find well-rounded, detailed screenplays that rely on the viewer's intelligence to catch the subtletly, but Solondz and his amazing cast laregly succeed and gives us a sense of watching something that trascends.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
96th
I think it's really a very dark comedy, but people are too busy being offended to notice. Baker and Hoffman are great.
Rated 22 Dec 2006
88
91st
Not for the faint hearted. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is particularly unsettling. But brilliant.
Rated 15 Jun 2008
89
93rd
Extremely depressing and disturbing. Magnificient.
Rated 25 Feb 2016
87
99th
What a movie! The whole package: story, style, cinematography is very distinct. It might have to do with it being the first movie by Solondz I have seen, but it really surprised me. It is really, REALLY fucked-up social satire, but also funny and smart (kind of like me). Afterwards I read articles proclaiming Solondz to be the patron saint of pessimism or self-conscious misanthrope. So OK, it's not a movie for everyone, but if you'll like it, you gonna love it.
Rated 04 Nov 2009
92
87th
Happiness is the snappiest, darkest, most ironical and cynical Movie I've seen in years. And this is great. Celebrate the misanthropy! I guess Nietzsche would have a crush on this one.
Rated 22 Feb 2020
95
98th
One of the most uncomfortable experiences of having to suppress laughter in a theater full of people who just didn't get it. I love this movie. I've kept returning to it over the years. The most unabashed movie about sexual perversity and darkly comic throughout.
Rated 20 Aug 2010
68
66th
I'd like to think that I'm pretty desensitized to a lot of things but this movie made me reeeeally uncomfortable. (Which I guess is the point, but it didn't really use it to any end, in my opinion)
Rated 26 Jul 2010
85
71st
Agnes Varda's finest work, IMHO.
Rated 21 Jan 2014
90
97th
Mercilessly cynical combination of dark humor and dead-on social commentary. Scenes that would appear 'cute' in other contexts (Baker -fantastic in this- awkwardly trying to please his romantic interest via tuna sandwiches) are twisted in unforgettable ways -questioning the way we view both film and reality itself. Solondz isn't always above clunky juxtaposition, but his demolition of social facades as well as his search for humanity in even the 'sickest' situations is piercing and hilarious.
Rated 17 Oct 2017
84
78th
It was this film above all the others that had me distraught and completely at a loss when Philip Seymour Hoffman died. I don't think anyone else on the planet could achieve what he does in this. Haven't seen it for a long time, and not sure when I'll ever watch it again, but it sticks in the memory. Recommend that you watch this only with friends that you trust emotionally and intellectually, but do watch it with someone so you can talk it through afterwards!
Rated 03 Feb 2011
79
53rd
Occasionally takes a false step by going for cheap shots and even gets the tiniest bit sitcommy (especially when LFB's on screen), but it somehow manages to sidestep bashing you in the face with its misanthropy -- the fact that the film managed to go this far and not simultaneously try way too hard is a minor miracle. The writing is, those few aforementioned biffs aside, pitch-black and pitch-perfect, and several of the performances (Manheim, PSH, and especially Dylan Baker) are phenomenal.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
74
90th
Awkwardness abounds in this freak show of human depravity and general sadness. Not for the feint of heart or easily offended. Well acted all around.
Rated 05 May 2014
80
68th
Nervous Giggling: The Movie
Rated 21 Apr 2007
85
80th
Would have been perfect if it was maybe 20-30 minutes shorter.
Rated 28 Jun 2010
90
94th
One of the funniest comedies about unfunny things. Things get worse and worse for everyone. Even the happy ending is fucked.
Rated 21 Jun 2008
85
60th
The most noteworthy part of this movie is definitely the tongue in cheek Marla Maples cameo. Kidding!
Rated 16 Aug 2014
60
52nd
This movie covers some hard subjects about sexual psychology not often covered in movies. All this subjects covered together make it a very ambitious and how they are approached is interesting. But I don't think it has aged well and feels outdated, nevertheless it has some interesting dialogues and performances.
Rated 29 Sep 2011
90
95th
Stuffed with dark humor, awkwardness and some nasty bits. I friggin loved it
Rated 28 Nov 2011
100
99th
This movie is timeless. I will never not love or get bored of a movie like this. So much to explore and know.
Rated 16 May 2008
88
63rd
pedophilic paradise, you will hardly see a drama like this.
Rated 19 Sep 2010
80
81st
Powerful stuff.
Rated 12 Jan 2012
75
81st
As the title suggests, this film is about a bunch of people looking for happiness. The problem is, they're all deeply unhappy in their own way as well as several of them being seriously disturbed or troubled. I'm talking murder, child molestation and more. So, yeah, there's some fairly controversial content in this movie. Despite this, it remained quite light in tone. It's a dark comedy, for sure. It had many great performances and was always interesting. I enjoyed it a lot.
Rated 30 Jun 2013
93
94th
This movie is fucking hilarious. And absorbing.
Rated 19 Jan 2017
70
80th
Incredibly awkward, with a twisted sense of humor. Philip Seymour Hoffman was brilliant in this role and I enjoyed it.
Rated 31 Dec 2006
75
69th
As much as I tried not to laugh, I couldn't help it. This film is atrociously amusing - even considering it's awful truth.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
75
57th
Hilarious, disturbing, and hilariously disturbing.
Rated 29 Oct 2022
0
11th
Rated 30 Jun 2009
65
15th
I don't like pedophilia.
Rated 13 Jul 2019
75
46th
This is a hard movie to grapple with. Parts of it are very well done, but its wrapped up in such uncomfortable subject matter that I'm not sure if I could say it was an enjoyable viewing experience. Solondz does a masterful job with the hyperlink elements and the acting is excellent across the board.
Rated 20 Jul 2012
58
60th
Not offended or disturbed, just wanting something less forced and more organic. Besides Hoffman did you really believe any of this was happening, or to people that existed? It just felt so scripted to be shocking and nothing else.
Rated 17 Nov 2010
85
81st
Awkward stuff. And by awkward, I don't mean socially awkward penguin, but I mean asking your pederast dad if he would rape you as well since he raped your friends. Yeeaaah, the title is obviously ironic.
Rated 29 Mar 2012
93
95th
This is an amazing movie.
Rated 14 May 2013
85
59th
The quality of the different stories varies. The crown jewel here is the pedophile (definitely the weirdest sentence I have ever typed). That story is just brilliant: disturbing and depressing, but also uncomfortably funny. Dylan Baker is superb. Solondz shows us the things that, deep down, we know exist but refuse to accept.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
92nd
Solondz's finest.
Rated 21 Apr 2011
1
0th
Sure, it's a disturbed drama, but I wasn't THAT shocked by it, and once you get past that "shocking exterior", it's just kind of an aimless drama that doesn't do as much with the characters as I would've liked, and could really use 30 minutes chopped off. I really just wanted to see more from Joy, actually. If laughing at depressingly pathetic people is your dig, this is the movie for you! Didn't do much for me though. Score is not a grade.
Rated 21 Apr 2013
20
2nd
Over the top with the pedophilia, and it isn't really that funny elsewhere.
Rated 06 Aug 2007
78
38th
One of the most miserable movies ever.
Rated 17 Dec 2008
100
76th
Do you have any tuna salad? ............... Would you like a sandwich? <3
Rated 30 Oct 2013
70
58th
Like another user already pointed out, this movie has an enormous set of balls, building itself around themes that most directors would never dare to make a movie about. How this movie went so over the top with its black humor, while also keeping it subtle... I have no idea how they managed to do this, but they did. The only problem I had with this movie is that I found it pretty hard to sit through. It's not a very easy watch, but it is definitely rewarding.
Rated 11 Jul 2016
0
0th
Must watch till the end All point are understandable, acting fine, but just at some places goes over the top. Cynics will love it.
Rated 13 Feb 2024
85
80th
That was an experience.
Rated 10 Jul 2017
53
32nd
(Viewed on 15/12/13): Young Solondz was a fundamentally disturbed person, and his films played like a proverbial settling of scores. Even his attempts to 'humanize' a paedophile seem slightly disingenuous and borderline misanthropic. Some of his recent work is less twisted and bitter, but Happiness occupies a special place in resentmentville, a dark distorted funhouse mirror reflection of the world we all recognise which is about as 'truthful' as your average Hollywood movie.
Rated 09 Feb 2011
80
22nd
A 'pursuit of happiness' of mostly sexually frustrated, perverted characters. Feels like a 'Requiem for a Dream' wannabe.
Rated 04 Jan 2011
70
49th
I can admire how well acted the film is and the very dark comedic stuff Solondz employs through the screenplay, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't uncomfortable throughout the movie. It's not often that I agree with the MPAA, and I'm still not certain that I agree with them in this case, but it's definitely the closest to being right. That said, I'm definitely thankful that movies like this exist, always challenging the viewer and what they can and can't tolerate.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
79th
If you can find a bleaker film that still makes you laugh out loud... well, watch that film (and drop me a line about it). Of course, that shouldn't keep you from watching this one too. A terrible date movie with a peculiarly redeeming ending.
Rated 20 May 2013
40
54th
Good to know Philip Seymour Hoffman gets off to the same things I do.
Rated 05 Jan 2011
37
34th
it kinda feels like its being offensive and miserable for the sake of being offensive and miserable. most of the stories don't go anywhere and the film generally fails to make a statement about the things it depicts. on the plus side, lara flynn boyle is hilarious.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
59
18th
825
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
71st
Score based on a viewing from long ago.
Rated 16 Dec 2015
85
73rd
Weirdly Interesting and Entertaining Disfunctional Dark and Disturbing Last Time I will wish anybody "Every Happiness"
Rated 01 Feb 2024
90
95th
Todd Solondz is one twisted mofo, and I mean that in the best possible way. This almost redefines the concept of "black comedy". The total deadpan style could not have been easy to pull off with this kind of material--great writing, great work from the actors, and unerring direction.
Rated 10 Apr 2009
75
82nd
A bleak drama, verging on the misanthropic but lightened by a cutting wit, on the unsuccessful pursuit of happiness, and the subsequent discovery of the joylessness of sex and the damage that people can do to one another in unsatisfactory relationships.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
80
89th
I came.
Rated 15 Sep 2015
79
80th
r.i.p. philip seymour hoffman. your talent will stay at this world forever..
Rated 20 Mar 2011
88
88th
So funny! Absolutely hilarious in parts and even though some scenes shocking and uncomfortable to watch I couldn't take my eyes off it for even a second. I fucking love Philip Seymour Hoffman as well (Maybe not his character so much)
Rated 20 Jan 2007
93
93rd
This movie gets better with each viewing, as the shock wears out of the movie and the real depravity of the characters settles in.
Rated 23 Aug 2010
88
80th
A perverse cynic's delight. Some more please.
Rated 19 Oct 2007
85
69th
Hope you have some bleach around, cause this will definitely make you feel dirty. A great one.
Rated 05 Oct 2013
82
71st
82.000
Rated 28 Jun 2007
58
36th
Theres definitely a couple really good scenes (the opening scene is fantastic), but as it dragged on and the humor dissapearred and it got more "shocking" I just started to lose interest.
Rated 31 Mar 2009
85
96th
The most disturbing movie I've ever watched.
Rated 02 Jan 2009
20
10th
I can't really put into words how miserable i was watching this film. Todd Solondz has succeeded in crafting one of the most disturbing films known to man, to an almost over-the-top degree. For some, this is where the 'dark humor' lies. For me, it caused true physical pain. Includes the worst father-son talks ever recorded.
Rated 17 Jun 2010
80
74th
This movie focuses on how people keep up appearances, while deep inside their lonely, f*cked up, true self is hidden. While watching this movie I was wondering if the movie was exaggerating the facts, or if it was closer to the truth than one wants to admit. The cast, characters, ink black humor is all great. The movie touches on very heavy topics but it's pleasant to watch because of the black humor (which enables you to not take it all too serious).
Rated 04 Aug 2013
69
31st
Overall everything in this movie was good. From the pacing, to the scripting, to the acting etc.. But somehow the whole movie long i was annoyed , probably because it was only about one thing. sexually unhappy or sexually frustrated people. Everything sex related. This movie is like a Freudian wet dream. Interesting to watch, but not good for multiple viewings.
Rated 26 Aug 2013
65
30th
Movies with multiple storylines are often pretty good... but this one turned out average. Although the concept is great, as "sex" is the common factor, the movie gets annoyingly creepy (child pornography and rape wtf) .. and a little too dark (and pointless) for my liking.
Rated 02 Jan 2010
80
89th
I came! And I'm not sure I ever want to see this again.
Rated 24 May 2007
50
13th
For the sort of people who think Big Black were a good band.
Rated 15 Jul 2013
85
90th
Top badass moment? At the start of the film, Allen strikes a blow for downtrodden men everywhere with his "I'm Champagne" tirade. Admittedly he picks on the somewhat weedy Joy as the target for his 'stand', but nevertheless he knocks the ball right out of the ground. Yeah; men rise up and take back your birthright! No more will we be under the thumb of woman-kind! Reclaim the mighty sword of masculinity and trousers of relationship power! No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Rated 25 Jun 2014
74
67th
This is a really good little dark comedy, and it's too bad I never heard of it outside of totally random chance, seeing clips of it on youtube. In another director's hands, it could have been a traditional comedy, but a lot of weird scenes are played so straight, that they become... really satisfyingly uncomfortable... if that makes sense.
Rated 08 Jun 2010
70
45th
Enjoyable for the countless terrible things the characters do. Made worse because you will relate to at least one of these things. Fun black comedy.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
85
72nd
Hilarious, awkward pitch-black comedy. A symphony of cynicism.
Rated 13 Nov 2012
85
83rd
Disturbing but enjoyable.
Rated 09 May 2012
89
82nd
Another deep look at the alternative by the great Todd Solondz. "Happiness" shows us that, perhaps, what we perceive as the aforementioned "alternative" is more common than we believe...or wish to believe.
Rated 01 Jul 2007
90
75th
One of the most disturbing and uncomfortable times you'll ever have watching a movie. The performances are mesmerizing. Dylan Baker is the bravest actor who ever lived.
Rated 21 Jan 2023
60
35th
I don't know how to rate this. I was laughing uncomfortably through the whole thing -- yes, the humor is fuligin black -- but it was like nails down a chalkboard for over two hours. All sacred cows are skewered here. (I'm wondering if I should switch out my Magic Mirror from saying, "Hi, sexy" to "I'm champagne!")
Rated 02 Feb 2008
63
37th
so...disturbing.
Rated 05 Sep 2009
83
77th
Great movie, but the main actors aren't that good.

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