in berlin | the worst movie i've seen in years?

by eug
February 12, 2009 4:16 AM
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What a way to end the fest... Wednesday's screening of "Happy Tears," an awkward and unfortunate family story starring Demi Morre, Parker Posey and Rip Torn. Mitchell Lichtenstein's follow-up to "Teeth," I'm sorry to say, is an uneven mess. A weak script, erratic performances, bad music, strange tone, it just never comes together. Leslie Felperin's Variety review was a bit more forgiving. It begins, "Like its almost oxymoronic title, indie pic “Happy Tears” is a contradictory creature, both insightful and dumb, sometimes innovative and sometimes just plain inept." Cinetic is selling the film, and I certainly wish them luck with the film in this tough marketplace, but a number industry insiders I spoke with today were shocked at how bad this film is. One buyer told me via email:

"I thought 'Happy Tears was an embarrassment. That film is in competition???? I would be more forgiving if it was in comp in sundance but the programming here is seriously bad. I was floored it was premiering here. It's a market film at best. And people wonder why buyers get so cynical!"

Sorry Berlin, but you reject "Push" and accept this?? Ugh.

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  • Bon | February 28, 2009 4:52 AMReply

    Why are you sooooooooooooo upset ??? Keep your pants on !!!!! PUSH, PUSH it SUCKED !!!!!! AND I'M A BIG DAKOTA FAN !!! SO IF YOU THOUGHT THAT PUSH WAS GOOD HAPPY TEARS MUST BE A GREAT MOVIE !!!!~!!!!

  • Movie Response | February 12, 2009 9:24 AMReply

    Your criticisms are completely one-dimensional; this movie was brilliant and the sort of movie our time needs. Demi Moore truly revived her Indie audiences and her collaboration with Parker Posey was a pure synergy. It's a shame that as a film critic your opinions are rather narrow minded and not that considerate.