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Happiness (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 16 October 1998 (USA)
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The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.

Director:

Todd Solondz

Writer:

Todd Solondz
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Adams ... Joy Jordan
Jon Lovitz ... Andy Kornbluth
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Allen
Dylan Baker ... Bill Maplewood
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Helen Jordan
Justin Elvin Justin Elvin ... Timmy Maplewood
Cynthia Stevenson ... Trish Maplewood
Lila Glantzman-Leib Lila Glantzman-Leib ... Chloe Maplewood
Henry Henry ... Kooki the Dog
Gerry Becker ... Psychiatrist
Rufus Read Rufus Read ... Billy Maplewood
Louise Lasser ... Mona Jordan
Ben Gazzara ... Lenny Jordan
Camryn Manheim ... Kristina
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Detective Berman (as Arthur Nascarella)
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Storyline

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. Written by anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jack Black was considered for the role of Allen. See more »

Goofs

The level of wine in each person's glass changes between shots during the final scene. See more »

Quotes

Helen Jordan: Anyway, so the police came and looked in her freezer and found baggies filled with the doorman's genitals.
Mona: I use baggies.
Joy Jordan: Me too.
Helen Jordan: Everyone uses baggies, that's why we can all relate to this crime. Don't you see?
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Referenced in Sardonicast: Quinton Reviews, Happiness (2018) See more »

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Concerto for Guitar in D Major
Written by Antonio Vivaldi (as A. Vivaldi)
Performed by Kazuhito Yamashita & the Chamber Orchestra Leos Janacek
Courtesy of BMG Japan, Inc.
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A seriously disturbing watch
11 March 2020 | by niels2765See all my reviews

A truly disturbing film, yet was never graphic nor striking. It was disturbing due to the sheer empathy I felt for characters who commit unspeakable acts throughout the film. A hilariously depressing film (ironic as well), Happiness is remarkably well-written, with multiple plot lines interconnecting to one another to highlight the unhappiness in these characters lives. Happiness pokes fun at the ignorance of 'happy' people in the world and all the characters, despite being so pathetic and narcissistic, are incredibly relatable. I got a lot out of this film and its worth the watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todd Solondz's Untitled See more »

Filming Locations:

Boca Raton, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$130,303, 18 October 1998

Gross USA:

$2,982,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,982,011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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