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  • Summary: Jayne and Laura are about to take on the first man they just might not be able to handle: their elderly, irascible father. Returning to the house they grew up in, the sisters are forced to take a closer look at their own not-so-perfect lives while dodging childhood memories in this hilariousJayne and Laura are about to take on the first man they just might not be able to handle: their elderly, irascible father. Returning to the house they grew up in, the sisters are forced to take a closer look at their own not-so-perfect lives while dodging childhood memories in this hilarious and touching comedy. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    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.
  6. 25
    A vulgar, happy-as-cancer aberration that takes the dysfunctional family idea to a new low. Whimsical, yes. Happy, never.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. TimV.
    Mar 2, 2010
    8
    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. Collapse
  2. Aug 19, 2010
    6
    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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