Happy Tears


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    Joe presents not so much a problem for Jayne and Laura as an opportunity. It's time to finally grow up and be true daughters and sisters. They've waited long enough. All of this, I must add, is done with a nicely screwy, sometimes stoned humor.
  2. 67
    Happy Tears is a complete mess of a movie, but Lichtenstein conjures some sweet moments and striking metaphors.
  3. Posey and Moore's portrayals are among their career bests, and Torn is at once comical and poignant while Ellen Barkin, as his woozy, drugged-out girlfriend embraces deglamorization with a vengeance.
  4. 58
    If the plot unfolded in a less formulaic way, this could have been an impressive dark-tinged comedy. But in the end, it's more a case of talented actors trying to find something fresh in a fairly stale tale.
  5. 50
    Lichtenstein dutifully unpacks the family's unhappy past, but he's so easily distracted by surreal dream sequences and colorful supporting characters that his main story gradually dries up into a sitcom.
  6. 50
    In Happy Tears, Posey lands a juicy starring role designed to showcase her eccentric energy, and she's so delighted by the opportunity that her happiness infuses the movie: She keeps the first half of Happy Tears aloft on a cloud of endearing tics and mannerisms.
  7. 50
    Rip Torn's recent real-life misadven tures are slightly echoed in Happy Tears, a moderately diverting black comedy in which he plays (what else?) a crazy old coot, to perfection.
  8. This is the kind of movie where life lessons are posted every quarter-hour. (I timed it.)
  9. The acting's not the problem, and it's a nice thing to find Moore playing a human-scaled human being, with a recognizable human touch. The material has a hint of it too. But only a hint.
  10. Simply weird. The funny has gone missing.
  11. 30
    A contradictory creature, both insightful and dumb, sometimes innovative and sometimes just plain inept. Dreamy, funny but also weirdly disjointed, it’s as if the very film itself were stoned, just like its two pot-smoking sister protags.
  12. Mr. Lichtenstein seems to want your tears. Nothing wrong there. The problem is that, because he never settles persuasively into one groove -- you don’t believe the tears or the smiles or anything in between -- he can’t begin to approach the complex contradictions suggested by his movie’s title.
  13. 25
    A vulgar, happy-as-cancer aberration that takes the dysfunctional family idea to a new low. Whimsical, yes. Happy, never.
  14. Take the worst things about independent movies - the wallowing in an unpleasantness, the narrative unsteadiness, the next-to-no story. Then combine those with a hefty dose of light comedy. The result: the big, fat tonal mess that is Happy Tears, a charmless film about two sisters who come together to care for their demented father.
  15. 20
    This film will make you cry tears. They won’t be happy ones.
  16. A cringe-inducing, self-consciously kooky indie comedy that's best enjoyed for its taste of Rip Torn.
  17. Continuing both his bad filmmaking and obsession with lethal orifices, Mitchell Lichtenstein follows up "Teeth," his clumsy debut about a dismembering vagina, with a voluminous explosion of poop.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 19, 2010
    Sukses dengan thriller Teeth (2007) yang sempat menjadi bahan perbincangan di banyak festival film, sutradara sekaligus penulis naskahSukses dengan thriller Teeth (2007) yang sempat menjadi bahan perbincangan di banyak festival film, sutradara sekaligus penulis naskah Mitchell Lichtenstein kembali hadir dengan karya terbarunya, Happy Tears. Berbeda dengan jauh dengan film yang menjadi debut penyutradaraannya tersebut, Happy Tears merupakan sebuah film black comedy yang menceritakan mengenai kehidupan dua orang wanita bersaudara dalam merawat ayah mereka yang telah berusia lanjut.

    Walau saling menyayangi satu sama lain, Jayne (Parker Posey) adalah wanita yang sangat bertolak belakang dengan sang kakak, Laura (Demi Moore). Setelah menikah dengan Jackson (Christian Camargo), seorang anak pelukis terkenal, ia tinggal di San Fransisco dalam kehidupan ekonomi yang cukup berada. Walau begitu, kehidupan Jayne tidaklah sempurna. Obsesinya untuk memiliki anak dari Jackson hingga saat ini masih belum terwujud, sementara sang suami sepertinya terus tenggelam dalam obsesinya untuk meneruskan masa kejayaan sang ayah sebagai seorang pelukis.

    Di sisi lain, Laura adalah wanita sederhana yang tinggal dengan sang suami â
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  2. TimV.
    Mar 2, 2010
    It is pretty much just another Parker Posey style of a film with the predictable quirkiness and off the wall random daydream sequences, It is pretty much just another Parker Posey style of a film with the predictable quirkiness and off the wall random daydream sequences, however I am a sucker for anything that involves Parker Posey and really liked this movie. Full Review »