Happy Endings
is a 2005 American film written and directed by Don Roos and starring Tom Arnold,Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Steve Coogan, Laura Dern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow and Jason Ritter.

Full Synopsis:
Filmmaker Nicky (Jesse Bradford) offers to track down the son that Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) gave up for adoption nearly two decades before. Meanwhile, Mamie’s stepbrother (and the father of her child), Charley (Steve Coogan), along with his boyfriend, Gil, try to find out what became of the sperm Gil donated to a lesbian couple. Finally, singer Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal) becomes entangled in a love triangle with androgynous drummer Otis (Jason Ritter) and his conservative father (Tom Arnold).

Luke Goodsell (Empire Magazine Australasia) The drama never feels more than a well-shot TV soap. Worse is Roos’ tragic insistence on text inserts to explain every motivation, making the whole thing look like a fatal cross between Queer As Folk and VH1’s Pop Up Video. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey (ColeSmithey.com) Potent social satire mixes with multiple characters incapable of telling the truth, especially to themselves, in writer/director Don Roos’ enjoyable comedy of deception and dysfunction. Full Review | Original Score: B
Prairie Miller (Long Island Press) There’s a little fanciful magic to spread over this flighty romance on the run, or at least enough to take that hackneyed notion of the happy ending, and fashion something fresh and new. Full Review
David Noh (Film Journal International) Rarely has a film started so brilliantly and then so willfully shot itself directly in the foot. Full Review
Urban Cinefile Critics (Urban Cinefile) A quirky and often enjoyable film about dysfunctional relationships, Happy Endings brings together separate stories about complicated characters who are all trying to deal with the truth. Full Review
Christopher Smith (Bangor Daily News (Maine)) The cast is a who’s who, a who’s not, and a who might one day be; they’re the best part of a picture that is unnecessarily complex. Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert W. Butler (Kansas City Star) Happy Endings is two-thirds of a really good film. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Gilchrist (IGN Movies) The most satisfying film of the year. Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten (Laramie Movie Scope) An unsuccessful attempt is made to tie all these loose threads together into one coherent story. Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Jorgenson (Denton Record-Chronicle) …an uneven, sometimes rambling journey that elicits mostly false emotion with regard to the payoff suggested by its title. Full Review
Larry Ratliff (San Antonio Express-News) Lisa Kudrow’s sporting serious brown hair. Tom Arnold’s wearing a rare dramatic frown. So we know Happy Endings isn’t likely to be a frivolous comedy. | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Muller (Arizona Republic) Intriguing but overlong and indulgent, the work of a writer too in love with his characters. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Sarris (New York Observer) Serves as a relaunching pad for the magical talents of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jude. Full Review
David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews) …although it’s generally entertaining throughout, Happy Endings just doesn’t have the emotional impact that Roos is clearly striving for. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice (Deseret News, Salt Lake City) Overstuffed with characters and contrivances. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Geoff Pevere (Toronto Star) Roos’s movie is so aggressively pleased with itself it leaves you feeling it doesn’t even need an audience. Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Carla Meyer (Sacramento Bee) Roos does better at imparting a sense of the striving that’s inherent to L.A., letting us know, through the characters’ living situations, that not everyone shares in the town’s magic. Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun (Jam! Movies) It isn’t quite right to call Happy Endings a comedy, although the film does have plenty of dark humour. It’s more of an urban fairy tale, and a positive urban fairy tale about the pursuit of love. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liam Lacey (Globe and Mail) [It] feels like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia for adolescents. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means (Salt Lake Tribune) Even more cynical than the characters in Happy Endings is how Roos treats them in the final reel. | Original Score: 2.5/4

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