Rating: R for language and nudity
Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
Don Roos is known for crafting worlds of dysfunction (The Opposite of Sex) and Happy Endings doesn’t disappoint.
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When budding filmmaker Nicky (Jesse Bradford) comes calling to suggest a documentary on a tearful reunion with Mamie’s secret lost child one can only assume blackmail. Leading to a series of semi-comic mishaps that segues into sexual friction between the mismatched pair.
On the other side of town a bohemian opportunist named Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is having her way with gay bandmate Otis (Jason Ritter). Once the deal is sealed Jude sets her sights on Otis’ wealthy dad Frank (Tom Arnold), who falls for her con hook, line and sinker.
And so on and so forth. Endings meanders through a passel of lives, weaving tales and offering potential fixes where none are apparent. Roos utilizes surplus characterization in the form of sidebar text that dictates past, present and future with tongue-in-cheek moxie.
Critical analysis of the walking wounded has a worn-in sameness quality to it but Endings is nonetheless a satisfying dramedy with an artery blocked heart.