The Trouble with Bliss

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  • Summary: The Trouble with Bliss tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss, who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father, who treats Morris with a mix ofThe Trouble with Bliss tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss, who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father, who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor, Morris realizes that even though his life is unraveling, it’s also opening up in ways that are long overdue. (Variance Films) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Mar 22, 2012
    63
    Populated with unlikely occurrences and oddball characters, it plays out, to put it most complimentary, like a dull, slower moving "After Hours."
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Mar 20, 2012
    60
    The tiredness of its conceit aside, the film manages to ingratiate thanks to a script that pleasantly ping-pongs from one digressive dialogue to another and a persuasive performance by Hall.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 21, 2012
    58
    Even in an old T-shirt and scruff of beard, Hall seems too canny and calculated a presence to entirely inhabit this man-child role, which lends a compelling edge to an otherwise scattershot story of urban misadventure and coming of age.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Mar 20, 2012
    40
    Hall's puppy-dog charisma holds up under the strain, but it isn't nearly enough to keep this messy midlife-crisis dramedy afloat. A little of this Bliss goes a long way.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Mar 23, 2012
    35
    Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 29, 2012
    30
    Any potential enjoyment here is fatally undermined by the film's barely developed characters, self-conscious dialogue ("I will wax his tugboat!") and repetitive imagery.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 22, 2012
    20
    The biggest trouble with "Bliss" is the way it wastes a cast that deserves so much more.

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