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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4

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  1. Sep 22, 2011
    4
    This review contains spoilers. The trailer makes the film look like a fun, sexual romp between two married Norwegian couples, but it's much sadder and more disturbing in reality. And the racist behavior of the one couple's son toward the other couple's black son is revolting. Sure, it's supposed to be "cute", but the fact that the parents didn't gain control of the situation feels like a tacit endorsement or a "boys will be boys" situation. Playing "Slave" just isn't all that acceptable to this film-goer. Collapse
  2. Sep 27, 2011
    7
    There are four main characters in Happy, Happy because it is about two couples; however, one of them really shines through and becomes such a pleasure to watch that it really does not matter what happens with the plot or any of the other players, she is just stunning. I am talking about Agnes Kittelsen who plays Kaja. She is almost always smiling, even when there are situations when there is nothing to smile about. She exudes positive energy and cannot help it when her actions either makes someone else around her happy or rubs someone else the wrong way.

    Kaja is married to Eirik (Joachim Rafaelsen) and they appear to live in the middle of nowhere Norway. They not only own their own house, but also the one next door which they rent out to people who are usually looking to get away from the city. A city couple from Denmark does exactly that when they abruptly shift from urban to rural. The new couple next door is Sigve (Henrik Rafaelsen) and Elisabeth (Maibritt Saerens). Since there is not much else to do in the immediate locale, the two couples start sharing dinners together and playing games. These games lead to uncomfortable couple comparisons which is never a good thing. Comparing your relationship to someone elseâ
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60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Nov 18, 2012
    60
    Like Kaja (Agnes Kittelsen), the wide-eyed Madame Bovary at its heart, Happy, Happy starts out cartoonish and ends up oddly endearing.
  2. Reviewed by: Josh Winning
    Nov 18, 2012
    80
    The ensuing drama is typically Scandinavian in the best way possible – the setting's beautiful, the tensions slow-burning. Meanwhile, musical interludes courtesy of a barbershop quartet lend a playful undertone.
  3. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Oct 13, 2011
    75
    The curdled Norwegian comedy-drama Happy, Happy, which dissects a pair of poisoned marriages, is sometimes heavy-handed (like its title) but has much to recommend it.