Login

Happiness

This remarkable, controversial, jet-black comedy circles around an unhappy family - three sisters, their mother and father and others who come into their orbit, each dealing with personal demons. They range from a telephone stalker (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who can't confront women in person, to an eternally hopeful young woman named Joy (Jane Adams) whose life is in a perpetual mess. A strong ensemble also features Jon Lovitz, Lara Flynn Boyle, Ben Gazzara and Elizabeth Ashley.

Year: 1999
Genre: Art House Cinema, Film Festivals 1999, Nick's Favourites, Ed's Favourites, Best of the 1990s, Amy's Favourites, Black Humour, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Dysfunctional Families
Country: USA
Director: Todd Solondz
Starring: Jane Adams, Elizabeth Ashley, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Ben Gazzara, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jon Lovitz, Cynthia Stevenson, Louise Lasser, Camryn Manheim
Duration: 140 Minutes
Rating: R18 - Sexual content may offend
6.9/10
Location in store: Art House Cinema

AVAILABILITY

DVD AVAILABLE NOW!

Permanent Collection

For in-store pickup reservations please call 03 3650 615

ALICE ALSO SUGGESTS:

Freeway (1996)

This 'bent, punk retelling of Little Red Riding Hood' stars Reese Witherspoon as a disenchanted teen...

Henry Fool (1997)

Hal Hartley's poetic fable concerns the relationship between Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan), a free sp...

Short Cuts (1993)

The visions of two great American artists merge in "Short Cuts", maverick director Robert Altman's k...

Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Just your average black comedy about masturbation and incest. A bright teenager is told by his trav...

Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996)

This Sundance winner follows the travails of Dawn Weiner (Heather Matarazzo), the teen pariah who se...

Soft Fruit (1999)

Following an auspicious career in short films, New Zealander Christina Andreff dives headfirst into...

American Beauty (1999)

Five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Actor, went to this lacerating, darkly funn...

Chuck and Buck (2000)

This wonderful tale of comically twisted obsession tells of Chuck, a Los Angeles record executive wh...

Storytelling (2002)

Todd Solondz's controversial, pitch-black satire is divided into two different stories. In "Fiction,...

Ghost World (2001)

For sardonic high schoolers and best buds Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, the world around them...

Lovely and Amazing (2001)

Nicole Holofcener's follow-up feature to her critically acclaimed debut "Walking and Talking", "Love...

Dog Days (2001)

It's a stifling hot weekend in the suburbs of Vienna, somewhere between the autobahn and the exit ro...

Tanguy (2001)

What do you do when your 28 year old son won't leave home? He leaves his washing on the floor, bring...

The Woodsman (2004)

After twelve years in prison, Walter (Kevin Bacon) moves into a small apartment, gets a job and keep...

Bliss (1985)

Noticed by its absence for a number of years, this outrageous and daring Australian film stars Barry...

Happy Endings (2005)

A melee of dysfunctional relationships provide the impetus for three loosely interwoven darkly comic...

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2004)

Successfully cross-pollinating quirky rom-com with ensemble drama, performance artist Miranda July's...

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Writer/director Noah Baumbach's semi-autobiographical tale of a disintegrating family set in 1980s B...

The Chumscrubber (2005)

When disaffected teen, Dean (Jamie Bell), discovers the body of his friend hanging in his bedroom, h...

Little Children (2006)

Based on Tom Perrota's novel, and adapted for the screen by himself and director Todd Field, this da...

Year of the Dog (2007)

Peggy, an ever-cheery office-worker, lives a flat but jolly life with her beloved dog Pencil until t...

Coeurs (2006)

The lives of six middle-class Parisians are placed under the microscope in this intimate drama from...

Towelhead (2007)

Aka 'Nothing Is Private'. Writer Alan Ball ('American Beauty', 'Six Feet Under') makes his directori...

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Robin Williams stars as Lance Clayton, a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich a...

Life During Wartime (2009)

Controversial writer-director Todd Solondz described this darkly comic drama as his 'quasi-sequel' t...

Dakota Skye (2008)

This delightful coming-of-age drama/comedy from director John Humber tells the story of Dakota, a se...

Dark Horse (2011)

Writer/director Todd Solondz ("Welcome to the Dollhouse", "Happiness") offers up another black comed...

American Beauty ( Blu-ray ) (1999)

Five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Actor, went to this lacerating, darkly funn...