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Another Happy Day (2011)

Another Happy Day

Overview


Genre

Drama, Comedy

Release Date

November 18, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

115 min.

Studio

Phase 4 Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Sam Levinson

Producer

Pamela Lynn Fielder, Johnny Lin, Celine Rattray, Todd Traina

Screenwriter

Sam Levinson

Starring

Story


Winner of the Sundance Film Festival's prestigious Screenwriting Award, ANOTHER HAPPY DAY is the feature film debut of writer and director Sam Levinson. The film is a powerful, darkly comic story of a woman struggling to find her place in a volatile family dynamic and features an outstanding ensemble cast led by Ellen Barkin who also produced. A family weekend is fraught with emotional landmines for mercurial and sensitive Lynn (Barkin) as she arrives at her parents' Annapolis estate for the marriage of her estranged eldest son Dylan (Michael Nardelli), accompanied by her three younger children (Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Daniel Yelsky). Lynn's hopes for a joyful reunion are crushed as her wry but troubled middle son Elliot (Ezra Miller) lobs verbal grenades at his mother and her relatives while daughter Alice (Kate Bosworth), a fights valiantly to keep her longtime demons under control. The weekend quickly unravels as Lynn demands to be heard by her aloof, disdainful mother (Ellen Burstyn), ailing, distant father (George Kennedy) and ever-judgmental sisters (Siobhan Fallon, Diana Scarwid), but most especially by her ex-husband Paul (Thomas Hayden Church) and his hot-tempered second wife Patty (Demi Moore). Confronted, oftentimes hilariously, with the deeply painful, half-buried truths that have given rise to the family's primal web ofresentments and recriminations, Lynn struggles to maintain her equilibrium as her best attempts at reconciliation veer quickly off-course.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..there's a whole lot of sobbing, scowling, and sniping..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
“..the film is more concerned with Lynn's unresolved issues, but it's Elliot's moods, moves and mind games that keep things interesting..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
“..whose composure shatters in a weepy soliloquy that registers as a flashy piece of screenwriting, while straining too hard to shoot the moon..”
by Stephen Holden [New York Times]