Another Happy Day

Synopsis: A family weekend is fraught with emotional landmines for mercurial and sensitive Lynn (Barkin) as she arrives at her parents' Annapolis estate for the marriage of her estranged eldest son Dylan (Michael Nardelli), accompanied by her three younger children (Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Daniel Yelsky). Lynn's hopes for a joyful reunion are crushed as her wry but troubled middle son Elliot (Ezra Miller) lobs verbal grenades at his mother and her relatives while daughter Alice (Kate Bosworth), a fights valiantly to keep her longtime demons under control. The weekend quickly unravels as Lynn demands to be heard by her aloof, disdainful mother (Ellen Burstyn), ailing, distant father (George Kennedy) and ever-judgmental sisters (Siobhan Fallon, Diana Scarwid), but most especially by her ex-husband Paul (Thomas Hayden Church) and his hot-tempered second wife Patty (Demi Moore). Confronted with the deeply painful, half-buried truths that have given rise to the family's primal web ofresentments a
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Sam Levinson
Production: Phase 4 Films
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

Do you think mom is hot?

No. Not really.


I don't know.

She's not my type.

You don't think

she's pretty?

Like, even if

she wasn't mom?

Uh, look, every opinion

is subjective.

You know, maybe she's pretty

in the universal sense.

I mean, who the f*** knows?

I'm just saying she

doesn't do it for me.

Do you think other people

think she's hot?

I don't know.

I mean, some people

f***ing like McDonald's.

I like McDonald's.

Right, and apparently,

you think mom is hot, so.

What took you so long?

Find yourself a nice morbidly

obese rest stop suitor

To take that much needed edge

off the family road trip?

- I just got that.

- Yeah, me too.


Shut up and get

in the car, Elliot.

Ben, who gave you

money for that sh*t?


Guess her bathroom tryst

was not satisfying.

Seat belts.

We good?

Um, okay.

And action!

So, Lynn.

Where are we headed?

We're going to Annapolis,


Hmm. And why?

Why are we going

to Annapolis, Maryland?

Because my oldest son,

your brother,

Is getting married.

Hmm. Now what is his name?


And, um, his bride to be?

Does she hail from Annapolis?

Yes. She does.

And what is her name?

Her name is Heather, Elliot.


And do you like this

Heather Elliot?

she's very sweet.

Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.

So then, you have

three sons, correct?

And a daughter.

Your sister Alice.

And does this... this Alice.

Is she, uh, from

a previous marriage maybe

Or the current one?

She's from a previous one.

Hmm. And, um,

this daughter, Alice,

Does she live with you

or the ex-husband?

She lives with us, Elliot.

Hmm, and this Dylan character.

Let's return to him

for a moment.

Does he also reside with us?

That's not funny, Elliot.

Okay, well,

I'm not trying to be funny.

I'm just trying to

establish the residency

Of the two eldest children.

Yeah, well, I've had enough.

Okay, well,

maybe we'll circle

Back around to that

a little later.

We won't circle back

around to anything later.

Okay, well, um,

moving right along then.

Moving right along.

Uh, let's see.

This daughter, Alice.

Is she coming to

the wedding?

Why are you doing

this, Elliot?

Why... why am I...

You know, to document.


The... the travels

and the wedding

And just family time.

I'm not interested.

In what? You're not interested

in keeping a record?


Okay, then how will we know that

any of this even took place?

You know, that it existed.

That what took place?

The wedding.

All that surrounds matrimony.

I'm sure they hired

a videographer.

True, but those guys don't

really dig deep enough.

Okay, you know what, Elliot?

I have...

Mom! Watch out! Watch out!

Jesus f***! F***.

Turn that f***ing

camera off, Ben!

Turn it off!

Taylor, like, told me

that mom and dad

Bought grandma and

grandpa this house.

I don't wanna hear another

word from either of you

For the next 24 hours.

Well, is that,

like, true?

Do you think I'm kidding?

I will take away every f***ing

privilege you have.

Oh ho, and you are

quite privileged.

That goes for you too, Elliot.

Alice gets here

in three days.

Please, I'm begging you.

Don't make this any more

difficult for me

Than it already is.

I won't.

And no smoking.

Your grandfather already

has one foot in the grave.

But not from smoking.

It doesn't matter.

Oh, and just so

you're prepared,

The last time you went to rehab,

I told them you were in Sweden.

Sweden? What?

Jesus. I don't know

anything about Sweden.

Oh, sh*t.

Oh. Fantastic.

What happened?

Dad's heart slowed

down again.

Was he okay?

Is he alive?

He's fine.

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Sam Levinson

Samuel "Sam" Levinson is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is the son of Diana Rhodes and writer/director/actor Barry Levinson. He made his film debut in the 1992 film Toys, along with his brother Jack. He later appeared in such films as Bandits and What Just Happened? as Carl. In 2009, he co-starred as Peter Thompson in Stoic. He won the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt screenwriting award for his directorial debut film, Another Happy Day. He also co-wrote his father's 2017 TV movie The Wizard of Lies about Bernie Madoff. more…

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