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  • Summary: A family weekend is fraught with emotional landmines for mercurial and sensitive Lynn as she arrives at her parents’ Annapolis estate for the marriage of her estranged eldest son Dylan, accompanied by her three younger children. Lynn’s hopes for a joyful reunion are crushed as her wry butA family weekend is fraught with emotional landmines for mercurial and sensitive Lynn as she arrives at her parents’ Annapolis estate for the marriage of her estranged eldest son Dylan, accompanied by her three younger children. Lynn’s hopes for a joyful reunion are crushed as her wry but troubled middle son Elliot lobs verbal grenades at his mother and her relatives while daughter Alice, a fragile young woman, fights valiantly to keep her longtime demons under control. The weekend quickly unravels as Lynn demands to be heard by her aloof, disdainful mother, ailing, distant father and ever-judgmental sisters, but most especially by her ex-husband Paul and his hot-tempered second wife Patty. Confronted, oftentimes hilariously, with the deeply painful, half-buried truths that have given rise to the family’s primal web of resentments and recriminations, Lynn struggles to maintain her equilibrium as her best attempts at reconciliation veer quickly off-course. (Phase 4 Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Nov 18, 2011
    80
    The younger Levinson has considerable storytelling talent, an admirable honesty and a streak of ruthlessness.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 16, 2011
    75
    I tend to forget how marvelous Ellen Barkin can be until she gets the rare chance to pull out all the stops in a movie like this.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Nov 16, 2011
    67
    Levinson stuffs the movie with so many emotional cross-currents and minor revelations that it's hard to keep them all straight, but the movie works the audience's nerves with enough determination to get under the skin and stay there, a sensation that comes awfully close to an earned emotional response.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 16, 2011
    50
    As the groom's brassy-babe stepmother, Demi Moore does her own share of scenery chewing, but at least she looks like she's having fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 17, 2011
    40
    It's Barkin, though, who holds everything together, even as her character is falling apart. Whether or not she took this role as a favor - Levinson's father, Barry, directed her in "Diner" decades ago - ultimately seems irrelevant. This isn't an invitation you should feel obliged to accept. But if you decide to stop by, she'll be the reason you stay.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Nov 1, 2011
    40
    Mistaking over-the-top dysfunctional family cruelty for comedy and drama, Another Happy Day tries and fails to channel "Rachel Getting Married" in its protracted tale of a wedding-party weekend that turns predictably from scabrous to redemptive.
  7. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Nov 15, 2011
    0
    Hoping to distract us from the zero ideas found in his film, Levinson demands that his cast act loudly and unbearably, a task for which Demi Moore, as the second wife of Ellen's first husband, is perfectly suited.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 27, 2011
    8
    Ellen Barkin is very courageous, she plays a character that is impossible to like. A character so self centered and self destructive that sheEllen Barkin is very courageous, she plays a character that is impossible to like. A character so self centered and self destructive that she makes House look like a people person. The difference is she thinks she is rational all the time and perpetually confused as to why she is rebuffed but never gives up in the righteousness of her point of view. It makes you think of people you have met like this. From an audience point of view you want to identify or like someone in this movie but every character is very hard to take. That makes this a tough movie to watch but you think about it for days afterwards... it haunts you. Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2011
    7
    It's actually quite an interesting film with a swirling cast of dysfunctional characters who kind of compete for who is nuttier. It's moreIt's actually quite an interesting film with a swirling cast of dysfunctional characters who kind of compete for who is nuttier. It's more Bergmanesque than comedic and benefits from some great acting. Funny how one major reviewer suggested the only sane person is the family matriarch, played by Ellen Burstyn, but she's as wacky as the rest. It manages to be both enjoyable and rather painful. Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2012
    6
    This is a very depressing movie about a family reunion at a wedding. At the outset let me tell you that the only sympathetic character in itThis is a very depressing movie about a family reunion at a wedding. At the outset let me tell you that the only sympathetic character in it is a borderline who cuts herself, and she is sympathetic only because we hear such awful things about her before meeting her we are pleasantly surprised to see her presented as the most stable in the family. As a Family Therapist I can tell you this movie would make a great teaching tool. Every kind of crazy making behavior is presented. There are predators galore in many guises, and quite a few victims. Ellen Barkin pulls off a bravura performance as a panicked, put upon mother whose brood consists of the above mentioned borderline and an addicted, self centered, car crash of a son. She gets no help from an empty space of a husband (played blithely by "The Walking Dead's" Jeffrey DeMunn), and plenty of interference from her mother (Ellen Burstyn) a cold disinterested matriarch concerned with her looming widowhood, and her ex husbands wife (Demi Moore) who insists on taking all the credit for raising Barkin's son to perfection., not to mention two sadists masquerading as sisters.
    I credit the movie for not shoving our nose too deep into psychoanalysis and finger pointing. After seeing this be sure to call your relatives and take a moment to love them.
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