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  • Summary: A look at three male friends and the women in their lives.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. With husband and wife starring, you can't help but wonder which details here are autobiographical. No matter: This is obviously a deeply personal work for Attal, whose comic timing and passion can only serve him well both on screen and off.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Stylish and only superficially superficial, Happily Ever After plunks us down with three male friends as they dance on the edge of their 40s.
  3. A marital comedy as perceptive as it is delectable.
  4. Where My Wife was offbeat and original, Happily Ever After gets bogged down in midlife-crisis cliches.
  5. 50
    There's nothing much wrong with the film; my complaint is that there's nothing much right about it.
  6. 50
    Attal's characters are one-note position statements, which forces the unsubtle soundtrack - mostly American pop songs that range from the Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning" to Radiohead's "Creep" - to bear the brunt of clarifying their thoughts and feelings. Without it, you'd be entirely in the dark.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ng
    20
    This would-be comedy about a thirtysomething family man (Attal) and his foray into infidelity is probably the worst in the putrid bushel of recent Gallic imports.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. jdoc
    May 12, 2006
    9
    Far more serious than its surface suggests. Great acting, esp. from Gainsbourg.
  2. JD
    Aug 22, 2005
    8
    As my own marraige flatlines, I found a challenge in this movie from characters who are willing - too willing, for the most part - to make As my own marraige flatlines, I found a challenge in this movie from characters who are willing - too willing, for the most part - to make literal and figurative messes in their lives. Passion can seem to be at odds with compassion, as in the married adulterer who is hurting two women at the same time, but the movie may be saying that they can only co-exist - without both, you end up with indifference. The sexy elevator rides that begin and end the movie clearly symbolize our erotic conundrums - the ride to the heights is always followed by the return trip down to the doldrums. Choose - a marriage of boring mutual tolerance and total acceptance versus the more challenging marital mess of the couples in this film. Expand

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