Happy Hour

6.31 h 33 min200316+
Tulley, a once-promising literary star now biding his time as an advertising copy editor, moves from cynicism to acceptance as he secretly hopes to write a great novel only to learn that his life of booze will end all too soon.
Mike Bencivenga
Anthony LaPagliaEric StoltzCaroleen Feeney
English [CC]
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J. Todd HarrisEric M. KleinKimberly Shane-O'Hara
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Karras BommerReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stays With You After The Credits...
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Unlike another reviewer here, I refuse to add spoilers to this review. Go into it cold to really feel the direction of the plot. It is worth it. I will only say what I said in the title: this movie lingers; it stays with you after the credits have ended.
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Gabi1965Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny and intelligent
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Funny and intelligent. Very good and funny dialogues. Good music. All three main characters play with passion - specially Anthony LaPaglia. I recommend to watch this movie twice. At first original version ant then the one with directors commentary. The second one is fantastic.
It is a movie from 2003 but it's still worth watching.
If you like films where guns and shooting are in every minute – don't buy it. But if you would like to have fun I strongly recommend HAPPY HOUR.
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jelopezReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Live the movie, and ending.Live the movie, and ending. Well done. Would like to see more movies from this director/writer.
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Live the movie, and ending. Well done. Would like to see more movies from this director/writer.
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Michele GranReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great feature of ALP
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Happy hour is a bittersweet story that clearly highlights Anthony La Paglia's keen talent. The story moves along with just the right amount of tension and suspense. It's a story of life which so many of us understand too well.
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Spencer GormanReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars
Final hours
Happy Hour is an Indie ensemble piece shot in NYC. The film has a reasonably good script and is well acted especially by Anthony LaPaglia. Caroleen Feeney and Eric Stoltz also do a nice job as supporting cast in this depressing moral love story about a writer and his alcoholic downfall. The film boasts very black comedy and some nicely charged scenes as the three actors work very well together. Tully (LaPaglia) steals the show with one of his best overall performances. There is even a bit character part with Robert Vaughn who plays Tully's rich and successful father. All in all this is a good, not a great film. The chemistry between Tully and Natalie (Feeney) is at times intense and their attraction is believable. Stoltz who plays Levine, Tully's best friend does a fine job as well. I have always liked Eric Stoltz's laid back acting style and he is free to use this style in this script. All in all this is a moving story and also a depressing one. I did have some problems with this film. The writer/director Mike Bencivenga, found the need to use several cheap pranks performed by both Levine and Tully in their workplace to get laughs, although there is verbal sparring between a younger exceutive in the company and Tully, the use of of these cheap pranks doesn't really drive the story the way it could have. The raw downward spiral of Tully's health is the force that keeps you watching. Tully is a drunk, so finding tears for his demise is difficult. One is led to liking Tully's duo of friends and feels sorry for them and empathizes when Tully finaly dies. The film is not over at this point and we are left with more surprises. Lapaglia turns out a stunning performance and the film is wortth the effort if only to see his work.I am usually stingy when giving out stars and I thought possibly four and decided that this one is closer to THREE. If it will help you decide I could bump this up to 3.5 Stars. Bring your girlfriend this film is worthy of the couples experience. SG
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Lynne ShapiroReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Realistic about alcoholism
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Also as to the ignorance about this disease and possible recovery from it.
None of the friends and family seem to have any clue about going to
professionals for any kind of help. Still typical these days.
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