Another Happy Day is a black dramedy that features an ensemble cast such as Ellen Barkin, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Haden Church and Demi Moore.It is all about a dysfunctional family that gathers together on a family weekend.One weekend,every family member gathers together at the Annapolis estate of Lynn's parents for the discussion of the marriage of her eldest son Dylan,who accompanied by his three younger children.Lyn's other children,Elliot and Alice arrives as well having issues of their own with the former who isn't really in a good relationship with her mother and the latter having a hard time fighting her demons.Worse things happen when Lynn is demanded to be heard by her parents and her judgmental sisters as well by her ex-husband Paul and his second wife,Patty.The film was difficult to watch since everyone - let me repeat that everyone - is dislikeable and unbearable. It isn't funny considering that many viewers see films to relax and enjoy a good movie.Unfortunately,the people in it add stress to the viewer.What also is unrealistic is the fact that everyone seem to hate each other and managed to live in the same roof.Despite having talented actors and actresses involved in it,they are unable to lift it from being a poor movie into at least an average one.Finally,the good screenplay did not help as well as viewer could not feel nor empathize with the characters in it.
What a surprise this was. Wasn't expecting much, due to mixed reception, but immediately I realized this is not only a drama, it's a dark comedy, and added that to the description here at IMDb. The title "Another happy day" is completely ironical, something I can see some reviewers of this really haven't grasped. There's simply no happiness here.It's a story about an extremely dysfunctional family, the Helmans (as in Hell mans) and it's tragic, this family event, which makes everything come to the surface. This is a comedy filled with black humor, mixed with life tragedies and lots if irony, which obviously many must have had problems in understanding. Maybe you've got to know a dysfunctional family to appreciate this film, or even be a part of it. The film is a gathering if most common problems which may occur in lives, though it might be a big much since everything herd is within a family.Drug abuse, depression, self destructive behavior, therapy, domestic violence, alcoholism, difficult parents-children relations, adultery, Alzheimer's, neighboring conflicts, family secrets, suicidal tendencies... It's all here. The film resembles a couple of other tragic comic family disasters I've seen, like "Festen" ("The Celebration"), August: Osage County" and "Cabin fever"/("Når nettene blir lange"), "In bed with Santa"/("Tomten er far til alla barnen") and even "Hotel New Hampshire" though I haven't seen the latter since it came out. Well I tend to enjoy these kinds of tragedy portrays, and this is up among them.Maybe not great to watch either, if you're right in a family crises, if you don't then find this comforting. Someone always got it worse. Anyway, this is beautifully acted, not only by Ellen Barkin, which is perfect in a tragedy like this, but by the whole ensemble. I simply wax blown away by Ezra Miller and Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyn is as always great. I completely enjoyed the play with differences in a big family.The film is greatly summed up in the son Elliot asking the bartender to give him three scotch whiskeys. The bartender asks "How old are you?" before getting this answer: -I'm 17. This is my family, and this is Hell! The bartender serving the three drinks without any hesitation.Lovely dark comedy!
I just saw this on TV and wasn't wholeheartedly paying attention during the opening credits, but thought the graphics indicated I would be seeing a Woody Allen film. Nope. Sure it had the humor and depth from some of the earlier and lesser known Allen flicks (Interiors), but this film had the unconscious fluidity and stellar acting that Allen's films of late have been regrettably lacking.The writing and direction by Sam Levinson were nothing short of incredible; I totes want to be his new best friend. The casting was phenomenal, and were I in charge of doling out the awards Barkin would've certainly garnered a best actress, Miller best actor, Burstyn best supporting, and of course Best Original Screenplay to Levinson. The screenplay had more meat on it than the Atkin's diet. It never faltered in relating throughout. Levinson must be extremely self aware and a professional at observation to write such tangible characters in the configuration that he did. A weekend of American family dysfunction was under the microscope and Levinson didn't paint with broad strokes nor did he get lost in the details.I can't say enough positive things about the film and the only thing I would take a few digs at would be a couple of tunes in the soundtrack, but that is so minor compared to this work that will resonate with you if you have sort of been "there".
Frankly I liked the movie simply because it absolutely reinforces the truism that bad parents have bad offspring and three generations of children in this film are used to underscore what so many reviewers have missed in this film. Ellin Barkin is wonderful as the whiny, ineffective, self centered mother of three obviously damaged children--she plays her victim hood to the hilt throughout the movie and is NOT a sympathetic character in any respect but the director and author Sam Levinson does let her off the hook a little by showing us how badly Barkin's parent, specifically her mother, the icy grandma of monsters, played by Ellen Burstyn is the malevolent center of this very dysfunctional family. Burstyn revives her great Nurse Ratchet role in some respects in this movie and it is fun to watch. The children? Well, take a hint, they are the creations of the Barkin character while the mature, happy, and grounded child--the groom, was raised by the father--Thomas Haden's Paul. For those of you that can get past feeling sorry for Lynn and see what the author is offering you in the way of parenting advice, this is a great movie simply because it teaches that parents should be outward looking beings, not self absorbed twits.