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Happy Endings [DVD] [2006]

Lisa Kudrow , Steve Coogan , Don Roos    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Directors: Don Roos
  • Producers: Michael Paseornek, Holly Wiersma
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, English, French, Hindi, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, Hungarian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Proper
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DN6DH8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,029 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



"It's a comedy, sort of," a title card announces at the start of Happy Endings --just after Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) has been hit by a car. So it is, but talk about an unhappy beginning! Never fear, writer/director Don Roos will fulfill the promise of that title in several unexpected ways. The story then flashes back to 1983 for Mamie's life-altering encounter with her stepbrother. Mamie and Charley (Steve Coogan) will struggle with its consequences for the rest of the film. Does her teen pregnancy explain the fact that she became an abortion counsellor or that he came out of the closet? Roos doesn't say, but nor does he judge. He loves his characters--foibles and all--in his ambitious, Altman-esque follow-up to the acerbic yet heartfelt >The Opposite of Sex. As before, Kudrow is the center around which the other plotlines revolve (and her uptight, yet likable Mamie couldn't resemble TV’s Phoebe less). In the end, though, Maggie Gyllenhaal's seductive Jude and Tom Arnold's sensitive Frank are Roos' most inspired creations. Their relationship is one of contemporary cinema's oddest and most touching. The happy ending for one will be real, the other imaginary, but everyone will earn the one they get. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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An ensemble cast telling 10 stories with intertwining characters. One story is about a father and son who are dating the same woman . Another features a woman who long ago gave her baby up for adoption but is now being blackmailed by a documentary filmmaker who claims to know the now-grown child's whereabouts.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There's just too much going on in Happy Endings 16 Nov 2005
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Viewers who are expecting Happy Endings to be a repeat of Don Roos' terrific black comedy, The Opposite of Sex are going to be sorely disappointed. Gone is the mordantly acerbic humor, and in its place is a film that is so overstuffed with themes and ideas, that so often it seems to be in danger of crashing down all around us.
Happy Endings is such a disappointing film – overlong, rambling, self indulgent, and diffuse; it's a movie deals with far too much – same sex parenting, abortion, motherhood, infidelity, and people who desire the wrong people for the wrong reasons - undoubtedly it's earnest in it's intentions, but it ultimately ends up conveying very little.
While The Sex Opposite of Sex was tart, taut, and totally entertaining, Happy Endings is a messy, over-the-top triptych of tainted-love stories that's undone by its blind ambition. There's simply too much going on here, with too many characters and too many stories all vying for screen time, that at various stages in the movie, you get the distinct impression that Roos and his screenwriting collaborators are probably making up much of the plot as they go along.
The main plot thread concerns Mamie (Lisa Kudrow), a counselor at a Planned Parenthood clinic who gave up her own child for adoption years ago. As she tries to learn the identity of the child, she has to submit to the blackmail of Nicky (Jesse Bradford), a snarky documentary filmmaker. Mamie also stumbles upon Javier, a handsome Mexican illegal (Bobby Cannavale) working as a "masseur'' in the sex industry; it is though Javier that she happens upon the idea to use his experiences to help Nicky produce his documentary film and thereby learn the name of her child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances 12 Oct 2013
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Bought this to replace an old copy that I had worn out! Stellar performance from Lisa Kudrow as the semi-fragile woman trying so hard to forget her past and the 'Max' scenes are awesome. I felt that this could really happen. Maggie gives a great turn, as ever, and plays the seductress to a tee.I would recommend this highly to anyone and the ending left me warm and googly inside :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and witty 6 Jun 2006
I didn't really know what to expect from this film and it definately doesn't conform to the norm. It has a gentle wit to accompany the acute observations of people's lives that is very moving. The story is excellent and the way the character's interweave is masterfully done. I won't try to discuss the plot as it is too complicated but I will say that this is a film which stays with you for a while afterwards. The acting is superb and the plot thought provoking and very contemporary. I loved this film and would highly recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Happy Endings 11 April 2014
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Not as bad as i thought it was going to be but not as good as i hoped it would be. Maggie Gyllenhaal is the saving grace of the whole movie.
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