The Trouble with Bliss

Synopsis: A comedy/drama about 35-year-old Morris Bliss, who is clamped in the jaws of New York City inertia: he wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father; and perhaps worst of all the premature death of his mother still lingers and has left him emotionally walled up. When he finds himself wrapped up in an awkward relationship with the sexually precocious, 18-year-old daughter of a former classmate, Morris quickly discovers his static life unraveling and opening up in ways that are long overdue.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Michael Knowles
Production: 7A Productions/Variance Films
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

My friend N. J.

Once told me there are

seven defining

moments in a person's life.

The challenge is figuring out

which ones they are.

You know, I know you.

I feel like I know you too.

We're... connected

or something.

Well, I know I know you, but...

... But not from today.

Mmm... not from now

and all this.

Before today?

Five times.


You married?

No, that's my mother.


Why is the picture so old?

She died when I was a... kid.

People do that, I guess.

Dying, I mean.

My grandmother did.

Made the post, actually,

the way she died.

She accidentally hung herself

opening her front door.

Wow, I remember that.

That... was your grandmother?

So she... ?

Yeah, she wore her keys on a

shoestring around her neck.


Did you read all of these?

Is your last name, like, Barnes & Noble

or something?

Wait... five times. What do you

mean... we've met five times?

Five times.

Oh, I know this guy!

We studied him in school.

He's from, like, Britain

or England or somewhere.

You study Ruskin in school?


We study a lot of

different stuff, so...

Why not this guy, right?

I mean, he's famous.

He... liked little girls.

I mean really little girls.

That's what my teacher

said, younger than me.

He stopped loving them

when they started to grow.

He died a virgin.

Well, I didn't say

that he loved them

the same way

that you just did me.

You know...

Some girls in my class shave.

Do you think that

I should shave?

What? You don't want me now?

It's just...

It's time for you to go.

Go? I don't have to go.

It's only four!

Ohh! What's with the map?

It's nearly six.

What were the five times?


Stefani, you have to go.

What are the pins for?

They're all places I've gone.


You've been

to all those places?

No, not yet.

They're places I plan to go.


Spain. Why Spain?

Homage to Catalonia.



It's, uh, George Orwell.

And here?

Prince Edward Island.

Anne of Green Gables.

Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles.

You've really gotta go.

How 'bout you buy me cigarettes

because I don't have any money.


No cigarettes.


Mmm. Really, you gotta go.

Daddy's comin' home.



My father's name is Danny,

he lives with me.

Does he tuck you in at night?

Shake your pee-pee

when you're done tinkling?

You gotta go.

I was just funning with you.

It's what couples do, you know?

They fun with each other.

It was outside that comic

book shop, Forbidden Planet.

What was?

First time I saw you.


That one time

I was with my dad.

Your dad?

Yep. You guys were, like,

best friends in high school.

Best friends... me and your dad?

Stephen Jouseski.

Stephen Jousesk?

Yeah. He yelled,

"hey, Twisted Bliss, "

and then you raced

into the store.

Jetski? Your Jetski's daughter?

Well, his last name's Jouseski.

It's mine too. Also my mom's.

Buy me cigarettes.

He's your dad?



What's that for?


Oh, I need you to

buy them for me.

I thought you said you were 18.

Well, I am, it's just

I don't have any I. D. ,

and those Deli guys are

a**holes about carding.

It's time to go.

You know what I don't like?

Shoes, please.

I don't like the fact

that you're so old.

It's gonna be kind of hard

having a boyfriend

who's so much older than me.

By the time I'm 21

and we can go to bars together,

you'll be... I don't even know.

But you'll still be

a lot older.


Is that daddy?


And, yeah, that's why

you need to go.


You afraid that daddy

won't be happy to see me?

Danny, and, yeah, I'm mean... .

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