Another Happy Day
|Another Happy Day|
|Directed by||Sam Levinson|
|Written by||Sam Levinson|
|Edited by||Ray Hubley|
|Music by||Ólafur Arnalds|
|Distributed by||Phase 4 Films|
Another Happy Day is a 2011 American black comedy-drama film written and directed by Sam Levinson, in his feature directorial debut. The film stars an ensemble cast including Ellen Barkin, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Haden Church, Jeffrey DeMunn, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, George Kennedy, Ezra Miller, Demi Moore, Diana Scarwid and Daniel Yelsky.
A wedding at Lynn Hellman's parents estate hurls her into the center of touchy family dynamics.
- Ellen Barkin as Lynn Hellman
- Kate Bosworth as Alice Hellman
- Ellen Burstyn as Doris
- Thomas Haden Church as Paul
- George Kennedy as Joe
- Ezra Miller as Elliot Hellman
- Demi Moore as Patty
- Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Bonnie
- Michael Nardelli as Dylan
- Daniel Yelsky as Ben Hellman
- Eamon O'Rourke as Brandon
- Lola Kirke as Charlie
- Jeffrey DeMunn as Lee
- Diana Scarwid as Donna
- Pepper as Pinkybones the dog
Another Happy Day was screened at the 27th Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2011. The film also screened at South by Southwest on March 18, 2011; at the Woodstock Film Festival on September 23; at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 12; and was given a limited release on November 18.
Another Happy Day holds a 46% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 35 reviews, with an average of 5.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Another Happy Day features outstanding performances (Ellen Barkin's especially) but the characters are too unpleasant to endure." On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 46 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Barkin received critical acclaim for her performance, with Gabe Toro of IndieWire writing it was one of the best female performances of the year. Chris Bumbray of JoBlo wrote: "A searing look at the modern family dynamic, and the way love and hate can be inter-changeable at times. Ellen Barkin is Oscar worthy.
John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review writing: "Laugh-laced dark drama of family angst overcomes the hurdle of its wedding-weekend setting." Leah Rozen of TheWrap also gave the film a positive review writing: "Altmanesque in its sprawl and sympathetic attitude toward even its most flawed characters, Happy Day marks a mostly promising debut for director-writer Sam Levinson."
Stephen Holden of The New York Times gave the film a negative review writing: "Both anguished and histrionic and in its strongest moments very, very good. But it is also overpopulated, strident and constitutionally unable to step back and scrutinize itself." Moira McDonald of The Seattle Times also gave the film a negative review writing: "Another Happy Day becomes increasingly difficult to watch, despite its intelligence and strong cast. You wish this family well, but you're grateful to see the last of them."
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- Jay A. Fernandez; Daniel Miller (January 29, 2011). "Sundance: 2011 Festival Award Winners". The Hollywood Reporter blog Risky Business. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- Fernandez, Jay A. (May 11, 2011). "'Another Happy Day' U.S. Rights Sold to Phase 4 Films". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Another Happy Day". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
- Another Happy Day at Metacritic
- Toro, Gabe (November 15, 2011). "Review: 'Another Happy Day' Features One Of The Year's Best Female Performances By Ellen Barkin". IndieWire. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
- Bumbray, Chris (February 3, 2011). "REVIEW: ANOTHER HAPPY DAY (SUNDANCE)". JoBlo.com. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
- DeFore, John (November 23, 2011). "Another Happy Day: Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
- Rozen, Leah (November 3, 2011). "Review: 'Another Happy Day' = Another Unhappy, Weepy Wedding". TheWrap. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
- Holden, Stephen (November 17, 2011). "Down the Aisle, Laden With Family Baggage". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
- McDonald, Moira (November 23, 2011). "'Another Happy Day' smart but, finally, tiresome". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 7, 2020.