Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian characters
Short Take: Intertwines the stories of ten different characters and their loves. A gay couple believes that their lesbian friends secretly conceived with their sperm.
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Year: 2005
Duration: 128 min
Language: USA/English
Director: Don Roos
Writer: Don Roos
Starring: Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Ritter, Tom Arnold, David Sutcliffe, Sarah Clarke, Laura Dern, Hallee Hirsh, Eric Jungmann, Kim Morgan Greene, Rayne Marcus, Caitlyn Folley

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Happy EndingsThis is one of those movies that you will find either really sharp and cutting edge, or it might just annoy you. I found it very entertaining, with great performances from an ensemble cast. In lieu of a narrator, it uses sidebar-like title cards to explain the characters’ motivations and move the plot along. The first card explains, ‘It’s a comedy, sort of.’

The film intertwines the stories of ten different characters and their loves and lives. The anchor is Mamie (Lisa Kudrow), an abortion clinic counselor who is being blackmailed by a documentary filmmaker (Jesse Bradford, Eulogy) threatening to reveal that she gave a child up for adoption when she was a teenager.

That pregnancy was with her stepbrother Charley (Steve Coogan), who is gay. Charley lives with his partner Gil (David Sutcliffe, Under the Tuscan Sun, Half Baked), who is best friends with Pam (Laura Dern, Citizen Ruth, ‘Ellen’) and Diane (Sarah Clarke), a lesbian couple. Charley believes that their son was conceived with Gil’s sperm and they are concealing that fact so that parenting doesn’t have to be shared.

Gil and Charley run a restaurant where Otis (Jason Ritter) and Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mona Lisa Smile) are members of a band that often plays there. Otis is gay but in the closet. Jude gets together with Otis’ father Frank (Tom Arnold). There’s a lot going on, and the outcomes of their secrets are unpredictable. Will any of them find a happy ending? And did Pam really steal Gil’s sperm? (AB)