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Happy Tears (2009)

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Two sisters return home to deal with their ailing father, only to face some surprising situations.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parker Posey ... Jayne
Demi Moore ... Laura
Peter Patrikios ... Driver (as Pete Patrikios)
T. Ryder Smith ... Shoe Salesman
Christian Camargo ... Jackson
Victor Slezak ... Eli Bell
Melissa Ticen Melissa Ticen ... Stewardess
Rip Torn ... Joe
Ellen Barkin ... Shelly
Julianna Conforti Julianna Conforti ... Young Jayne
Jacquelyn Conforti Jacquelyn Conforti ... Young Jayne
Alyssa Klein Alyssa Klein ... Young Laura
David L. King ... Dr. Sims (as David King)
Aldous Davidson Aldous Davidson ... Waiter
Richard Barlow ... Mitch (as Rich Barlow)
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Storyline

Jayne and Laura are about to take on the first man they just might not be able to handle: their seventy-something-year-old father Joe. Dutiful daughters returning to the house they grew up in, Jayne and Laura are forced to take a closer look at their own not-so-perfect lives while dodging childhood memories. Laura suspects that Joe needs full-time care, but Jayne hopes that their father's condition isn't that serious. Joe is still singing and playing his old guitar, and the lively widower even has a new "ladyfriend," shameless and sassy Shelly. But as the visible moments of their father's impending senility increase, so do the dysfunctional family dynamics. Tensions flare as the close sisters must also juggle their own very different lives - Laura's busy schedule as an environmentalist and mother of two small children, and Jayne, desperate to finally have a baby with her workaholic art-dealing husband Jackson. Their adventures back home are not without magic, mischief and mayhem, and ... Written by intlpress@aol.com

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There's an art to going home without going crazy.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use, and some sexual content including brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Tears See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,009, 21 February 2010

Gross USA:

$22,464

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,464
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pierpoline Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Jayne drives home from the hospital after the accident, one headlight of the car is out. When she gets home, it is on. The next morning it is out again. See more »

Connections

Features The Mummy (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Chidori no Kyoku
Performed by Satomi Saeki & Alcvin Ramos (as Alcvin Takegawa Ramos)
From "Japanes Traditional Koto and Shakuhachi Music"
Courtesy of Oliver Sudden Productions Records
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There are better family dramas than "Happy Tears"
16 June 2010 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Happy Tears" is an independent, fairly simple, dysfunctional family drama. Two grown sisters move back home to take care of their ailing father. The sisters of course have their own problems on top of dealing with their father who is in denial of his situation and very much trying to live as the patriarch of dysfunctionality.

Many movies have told this type of story, and these filmmakers attempted to make their mark and do something better or at least different. But I was turned off by it. They were going for a dream-like feel with dream-like colours and imagery and of course actual dreams mixed in. I found it all very weird and made it hard for me to get into the film.

The title relates to the laughs and tears that occur. The problem is there are no laughs, and although the characters were well written I wasn't drawn into them so I didn't feel what they were feeling - just uncomfortable.

I appreciated the actors they cast, and the effort that they made to make this film new and good, but I have to recommend "The Savages" (2007) over this.


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