• Happiness (1998)


Release Date: October 11th, 1998

DVD Release Date: April 27th, 1999

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 19 min

Plot Summary

This dark ensemble-comedy is centered on the three Jordan sisters. Joy (Jane Adams) moves through lackluster jobs with no sense of purpose. Now employed teaching adults, she is dating a student, Russian taxi-driver Vlad (Jared Harris). Helen (Lara Flynn Boyle) is an esteemed poet who becomes amused by her perverted neighbor, Allen (Philip Seymour Hoffman). And eldest sister Trish (Cynthia Stevenson) is married to Bill (Dylan Baker), a psychiatrist with a very disturbing secret life.

Cast: Jane Adams, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Ben Gazzara, Jared Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jon Lovitz, Marla Maples

Director: Todd Solondz

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Good Machine, Killer Films

Distributors: Good Machine International

Keywords: Wife , Amusing , Rivalry , Fall , 1990s , Quest , Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Sharp, funny, sad and daring as it may be, Happiness is missing something. Its points are often too obvious, its shocks too juvenile. It's impressive but not transcendent. [23 Oct 1998]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It is not a film for most people. It is certainly for adults only. But it shows Todd Solondz as a filmmaker who deserves attention, who hears the unhappiness in the air and seeks its sources. show more

  • 100
    New York Daily News


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Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture