Indie Gems: Happiness
Because "Sexually confused" isn't PC title.
So this is an interesting film to write about. It falls under the category of "Excellent Movies I Never Want to See Again."
Happiness is about a group of people trying to achieve just that. There's Joy (Jane Adams) who's trying to find herself after a string of bad break ups. She has two sisters; Helen, (Lara Flynn Boyle) a cold woman being prank called by her lustful neighbor, Allen. (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) And Trish (Cynthia Stevenson) who tells herself she has the perfect family, yet her husband Bill (Dylan Baker) is secretly a pedophile.
If this movie is anything, it's very ballsy. Particularly for Dylan Baker's character. Putting a pedophile at the center of the film is tricky, but the film never sympathizes with him. Not once. Baker, Hoffman, and Adams are the stand outs here. This film is filled with interesting characters, even though none of them are actually very likable.
If I had one complaint about the film, it's that the final scene was a little too much for me. Otherwise this is an intense character study that begs to be scene, even if you will only lay eyes on it once.
Memorable Quote: "I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you." - Helen (Lara Flynn Boyle)