Genre Comedy, Drama, Music
Country United States
54% Rotten Tomatoes
Director Don Roos
Screenplay Don Roos
Writer Don Roos
|Release date January 20, 2005 (2005-01-20) US|
Producers Holly Wiersma, Michael Paseornek
Cast Lisa Kudrow (Mamie), Steve Coogan (Charley), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Jude), Jesse Bradford (Nicky), Bobby Cannavale (Javier), Jason Ritter (Otis)
Tagline All's well that ends swell.
Similar Boys on the Side, Just a Walk in the Park, Dr T and the Women
Happy endings 2005
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.
The film follows a diverse group of mostly middle-class Los Angelenos through the emotional ups and downs in their flawed yet very human lives, each loosely connected to each other through a restaurant.
In the first story, Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) reluctantly agrees to work with a would-be young filmmaker (Jesse Bradford) in order to locate the now grown son she secretly gave up for adoption after becoming pregnant from her stepbrother Charley (Steve Coogan) – who is later revealed to be gay – 19 years earlier.
In the second story arc, her stepbrother, and his domestic partner, Gil (David Sutcliffe), are deciding whether or not to confront their friends, a lesbian couple (Laura Dern and Sarah Clarke), regarding the paternity of their son.
And in the third, a young man, Otis (Jason Ritter), is involved with a band and trying to keep his father, Frank (Tom Arnold), from learning that he is gay, while also dealing with the seemingly gold-digging woman, Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who inserts herself into their lives.
Director Don Roos wrote the part of Mamie expressly for Lisa Kudrow after directing her in his earlier film, The Opposite of Sex, which he also wrote. Originally, the story concerned three sisters. Maggie Gyllenhaal was not the first choice to play Jude. Gwyneth Paltrow was originally slated to play the part. Gyllenhaal does her own singing in the film. Ray Liotta turned down the role of Frank McKee.
It took 18 months to find financial backing for the production.
Happy Endings received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 54% rating from 106 critics.
Awards and honors
Happy Endings received nominations for:
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