REVIEW: HAPPY TEARS
Golden Globe® nominees Demi Moore (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Ghost, 1990) and Parker Posey (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, TV’s “Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay,” 2002) star in the delightfully quirky comedy, Happy Tears, making its DVD and digital download debut. Directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein (Teeth), this heartwarming film follows two adult sisters who return to their childhood home to care for their aging father (Rip Torn, TV’s “30 Rock”). As Jayne (Posey) and Laura (Moore) come to accept that their father is more than they can handle, they are also forced to reexamine their own lives. Tensions begin to flare while the sisters are living under the same dysfunctional roof, and their father’s new sassy “lady friend” (Ellen Barkin, Ocean’s Thirteen) only adds fuel to the fire. As they try to juggle their own differences, Jayne and Laura find themselves facing more dilemmas than they could have imagined. With “a warm supporting turn from Demi Moore” (Screen International) and an “unforgettable” (Screen International) performance by Posey, this delightful tale is sure to charm its way into every home.
SYNOPSIS: Jayne (Parker
Posey) and Laura (Demi Moore) are about to take on the first man
they just might not be able to handle: their seventy
something-year-old father Joe (Rip Torn). 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 refuses to believe that their
father’s condition is that serious. Jayne’s compulsion to
escape reality only increases Laura’s attempts to yank her
back down to earth. Meanwhile, Joe still sings and plays the
blues on his prized guitar, and the lively widower even has a
new “ladyfriend,” shameless and sassy Shelly (Ellen Barkin).
But as the visible moments of their father’s impending
senility increase, the family dynamics spiral out of control.
Tensions flare as the close sisters must also juggle their own
very different lives – Laura’s busy environmentalist work
schedule and mother of three small children, and Jayne,
desperate to finally have a baby with her workaholic art-dealing
husband Jackson (Christian Camargo). Their adventures back home
are not without magic, mischief and mayhem, and even a search
for buried treasure in the backyard! In the end, any tears that
Jayne and Laura might shed will be happy ones.
Widescreen (1.78:1) 16x9
5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English Spanish
Audio commentary with writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein
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