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In this acclaimed philosophical comedy of manners, a hotshot lawyer (Matthew McConaughey), his career rocketing upwards, loses concentration momentarily and becomes the perpetrator of a hit and run. An insurance claims manager (Alan Arkin) with a troubled family life has a pleasant but irritatingly jovial colleague. A finicky physics lecturer (John Turturro) is having a meticulously timetabled affair as a stock response to a mid-life crisis, something his wife (Amy Irving) discovers after his recently stolen wallet is returned to her by a conscientious citizen. Meanwhile, cleaner Beatrice (Clea DuVall) is forced to reconsider her idealistic approach to life after being hit by a life-changing accident and an unwarranted accusation. Most of these people cross each other s paths in some way, sometimes casually, sometimes prodoundly, their conversations in all cases leading them to a greater understanding of the one thing of the film s title: the elusive nature of happiness.
Special Features: Director s Commentary, Trailer
I'm surprised there are no 5 star ratings in the reviews here, so had to remedy that. In some ways perhaps it only deserves 4 stars, but compared with the usual hollywood bland... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2012 by Gillian Smith
I started a review, intending around 8 sentences and no more. Swiftly this became a very long film luvvy style critique, which I certainly didn't want to do. Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2011 by Amazon Customer
despite what the other reviewers have said (who must be arty fairy types for liking this film), my advise is to stay clear. Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2007 by S. Harris
This film follows the lives of 4 loosely connected characters and explores whether they are happy or not, and why.. Read morePublished on 26 July 2006 by A. Verma