In-Freaking-Sane Movie right here! This movie is out there for real, I'm talking stratosphere level. There were so many uncomfortable moments in this movie that you just had to watch wide-eyed and wonder what is going to happen next. Now don't get me wrong, this movie is definitely worthy of watching, but only if you can handle true indie film. That's one of the perks of indie films, they don't have all the boundaries of a mainstream/commercial film like "Terminator" or "Lethal Weapon".
Now, I will tell you that this movie has the utmost of mature content regarding imagery and content discussed, so not one for the kiddies. The cast did an amazing job of conveying the awkwardness and bizarre delusions that some of us tuck under our hats.
I really want to tell you about some of the craziest scenes, but I think I'll let you be as surprised as I was when first watching it. "Happiness" is a film from 1998, but it definitely is one you won't soon forget after watching. I will however give you the layout of the film for those curious about watching this true indie film.
The movie revolves around 3 sisters within a dysfunctional family that are all searching for some degree of happiness within their lives. As each sister sets out about finding happiness in her own way, they are repeatedly hit with a wall of bewilderment and uncertainty. Joy is the youngest sibling at the lowest part of the totem pole that is struggling to find love and security within herself. Trish is the oldest sister that thinks she has everything that any woman could ever want, but can't even see the danger within her own home. Last but not least is Helen, an arrogant author that is so shallow it pains her to be honest with her own shortcomings.
Now, as this movie spins they encounter several bizarre characters such as Allen(Phillip Seymor Hoffman), a lonely neighbor with raging crush that he can't seem to extinguish. Bill Maplewood(Dylan Baker), a psychiatrist that sees a psychiatrist to sort out his own twisted web of unspeakable thoughts. Plus, there are many other cast members in this film that deserve mention, but you kind of need to experience the scenes and cameos for yourself to get the full impact of the film.
The dialogue of the film is the meat and potatoes, where the rubber meets the road, this is the heart of the movie. I had more jaw drops and awkward winces listening to what was said then I've had watching any daytime talk show. The actors' performances are equally top notch as they blow viewers mind over the backs of comfy recliners without any trace of remorse. The screenwriter/director,Todd Solodnz, definitely put the mustard and mayonnaise on this dark chew which yielded several praises and awards. "Happiness" is a good film to watch when you have an open-mind and are looking for that next indie film to leave you talking for months.
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