Watch now


Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
Price: 1.99

or
 
   
More Buying Choices
Amazon Add to Basket
4.10
wmdservices Add to Basket
4.99
skyvo-direct Add to Basket
5.35
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 

Happiness [DVD] [1999]

Jane Adams , Jon Lovitz , Todd Solondz    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
Price: 3.92 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In stock.
Sold by MusicnMedia and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 3 Sept.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details
Looking for Bargains?
Check out the DVD & Blu-ray Deals of the Week page to find this week's price-drops. Deals of the Week end on Sunday at 23:59.

LOVEFiLM By Post

Rent Happiness on DVD from LOVEFiLM By Post

Frequently Bought Together

Happiness [DVD] [1999] + Before The Devil Knows You're Dead [DVD] + The Savages [DVD] [2007]
Price For All Three: 12.90

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product details

  • Actors: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle
  • Directors: Todd Solondz
  • Writers: Todd Solondz
  • Producers: Christine Vachon, David Linde, James Schamus, Pamela Koffler, Ted Hope
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2000
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T8VO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,472 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From Amazon.co.uk

At times brilliant and insightful, at times repellent and false, Happiness is director Todd Solondz's multi-story tale of sex, perversion and loneliness. Plumbing depths of Crumb-like angst and rejection, Solondz won the Cannes International Critics Prize in 1998 and the film was a staple of nearly every critic's Top 10 list. Admirable, shocking, and hilarious for its sarcastic yet strangely empathetic look at consenting adults' confusion between lust and love, the film stares unflinchingly until the audience blinks. But it doesn't stop there. A word of strong caution to parents: One of the main characters, a suburban super dad (played by Dylan Baker), is really a predatory paedophile and there is more than an attempt to paint him as a sympathetic character. Children are used in this film as running gags or, worse, the means to an end. Whether that end is a humorous scene for Solondz or sexual gratification for the rapist becomes largely irrelevant. Happiness is an intelligent, sad film, revelatory and exact at moments. It's also abuse in the guise of art. That's nothing to celebrate. --Keith Simanton

Product Description

At times brilliant and insightful, at times repellent and false, Happiness is director Todd Solondzs multistory tale of sex, perversion, and loneliness. Plumbing depths of Crumb-like angst and rejection, Solondz won the Cannes International Critics Prize in 1998 and the film was a staple of nearly every critics Top Ten list. Admirable, shocking, and hilarious for its sarcastic yet strangely empathetic look at consenting adults confusion between lust and love, the film stares unflinchingly until the audience blinks. But it doesnt stop there. A word of strong caution to parents: One of the main characters, a suburban super dad (played by Dylan Baker), is really a predatory pedophile and there is more than an attempt to paint him as a sympathetic character. Children are used in this film as running gags or, worse, the means to an end. Whether that end is a humorous scene for Solondz or sexual gratification for the rapist becomes largely irrelevant. Happiness is an intelligent, sad film, revelatory and exact at moments. Its also abuse in the guise of art. Thats nothing to celebrate. --Keith Simanton

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong, very strong 12 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
A very intelligent and funny movie. It addresses some very human weaknesses in a very uncompromising way. This is one of the rare movies that shows human behaviour without trying to conform to what is socially acceptable. The only thing missing is the narrative by David Attenborough.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness 14 Aug 2005
Format:DVD
Happiness. What a strange title for a film that is anything but!
It's one of those films that is almost impossible to sum up. It's really a long collection of short interconnecting sketches that detail the personal quirks of a dozen or so characters and the skeletons in their closets they'd probably wouldn't want us to know about.
The main thread of the plot is the three Jordan sisters who are all dealing with their own individual crisis. Firstly we meet Joy, who is having dinner with the boyfriend she's just dumped. Joy is insecure, vulnerable, naive and a little goofy. When Andy, her ex-boyfriend, commits suicide days later and she receives a nasty phone call from Andy's mother, she quits her job and starts to teach immigrants English, only to fall for Russian romantic Vlad, whose partner attacks poor Joy in the staff room when she finds out.
We then meet Allen who is seeing a therapist about his obsession with Helen his neighbour. Helen is one of the Jordan sisters and Allen's therapist is married to the other one, (with us so far?) Allen starts to make dirty phone calls to Helen, but to his amazement Helen actually enjoys them, which just doesn't compute with sad lonely Allen. He has his own problems anyway with his other neighbour, Kristina.
Perhaps the most controversial storyline is concerning the final sister, Trish. As we've said she married to Bill the therapist, but what Trish doesn't know is that Bill is a secret paedophile who secretly drugs his family to take advantage of his son's sleep-over friend.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Film of All TIme 10 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is my favourite film and, if you open your mind just a little bit, you will be greatly rewarded.
Yes, this movie contains child rape, murder, masturbation, paeodophelia etc. but the film is as masterful as it is because it already assumes the audience knows that these things are bad. This is a rare film that will not preach to your "inner conscience" and respects its' audience.
An connecting tale of family disfunction and sexual inadequacy all joined Short Cuts/ Magnolia/ Pulp Fiction style by one or two events is centrally about three daughters, one a terminally smiling but incredibly unfulfilled social worker (Jane Adams), another an unknowing housewife (Cynthia Stevenson) to a paeodophile and the "succesful" one, a beautiful poet with many sexual conquests but feels emotionally empty (Lara Flynn Boyle) and their parents' (Ben Gazzera and Louise Lasser) breakdown of a thirty-year marriage. The film shows all of these (outwardly) normal people, yet many other detailed and brilliant characters, on their search for fulfilment, love and happiness.
Todd Solondz's incredibly ambitious and emotially shattering third film (see also his last: Welcome to the Dollhouse, almost perfect) is a masterpiece, not only of genius scriptwriting that makes you want to laugh, scream, cry and burn the film all in a single line, but also some of the most beautifully underplayed direction, unlike Sam Mendes' recent Oscar winning helming. The relationships are perfectly portayed with the ending scene between Bill, the paeodophile, and his betrayed son one of the most heart wrenching in cinema history.
The acting is completely perfect.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A literal take on coming of age 9 Nov 2011
Format:DVD
Never before has a film addressed "coming of age" quite so literally.

This is a dark, dark comedy: the sort of thing that might emanate from the deepest circle of the hell of Woody Allen's nightmares. The titular happiness, in case you were wondering, is colossally ironic. This is a story of loosely related individuals - more loosely related than you'd expect given most relations are of the blood or marital sort - all of whom are profoundly at odds with themselves and their environment. Much of their collected oddness manifests itself in sexual dysfunction of one sort or another, but of a far deeper and sicker kind than is commonly found in Woody Allen's material. Indeed, by comparison Allen's neuroticism seems positively winsome.

These people are deeply, darkly, fatally neurotic: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who seems to revel in these kinds of parts, an overweight, greasy, bespectacled misogynist who has unspeakable fantasies, fantasies which he nonetheless brazenly speaks about, to his shrink and to his victims, through inept crank calls. His shrink Bill Maplewood (Dylan Baker) is a paedophile. Maplewood is married to Trish (Cynthia Stevenson) a woman whose hi-tensile smugness betrays a fundamental insecurity about her place in the world. Trish doesn't know of, but we suspect she may fear for, her husband's ghastly proclivities. Trish has two sisters who, in turn, field Allen's crank calls, and seem to enjoy them. The sisters' parents, holed up in a Florida condo, see their Marriage as a loveless contractual bind.

In the middle of it all is a teenaged boy, Timmy (Justin Elvin), Trish and Bill's son, who is fruitlessly willing on the onset of his own puberty, providing his father a running commentary. His father darkly enjoys.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars What you need is a fresh start!
Happiness probably starts with the best break up scene in the movies, it’s the kind of thing most people would love to do to the ‘other half’. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Throda tzen
3.0 out of 5 stars Overlong extremely disturbing and dark drama with some black comedy.
One of the most disturbing films of all time. This film is so grotesquely over the top in its depiction of some truly stomach churning themes. Read more
Published 20 days ago by BigAl82
4.0 out of 5 stars Making wierd normal or nomality weird
This was a very strange film. Wondrfully crafted, scarily perceptive, more than a little disturbing and truly fascinating. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angelheart
4.0 out of 5 stars Happiness ...... ?
Well......weird is one was of putting it....I've seem a lot of messed up films in my time but this was on another level...still, a good, dark-humoured film
Published 7 months ago by Emma Fordham
4.0 out of 5 stars Unhappiness
Paradoxically, I've given this four stars BECAUSE the acting is so good. It's some of the subject matter that caused me discomfort. Read more
Published 12 months ago by noahs dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film but not for the faint hearted
Great film but not for the faint hearted. It should be described as unhappiness. Interlocked story life's of people trying to find happiness. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MRC
4.0 out of 5 stars still don't now what to make out of this movie...
I honestly never write reviews, although I feel like sharing my opinion about this movie.
First of all, the dvd arrived within 2 days and everything was great. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Marla Singer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very dark, but funny
This film won't tickle everyone's funny bone, but I really liked it. I don't want to give anything away, but happiness is basically what everyone wants in the film, but few... Read more
Published 20 months ago by paul mason
5.0 out of 5 stars what a brilliant film
I just loved this film ; it is shocking , ott , laugh out loud , gross , silly , clever . Story of 3 sisters and their disfunctional families and lives . Read more
Published 22 months ago by cartoon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not offensive...but irritating
This in my opinion falls in the category of "OK". Considering the other reviews raged about the film being racist and pornographic, it is neither. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Passion Flower
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
Subtitles ? / Sous-Titres ? 0 3 May 2010
Subtitles 0 11 Feb 2009
See all 2 discussions...  
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback