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Happy Endings


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Overly long and morally muddled intertwining stories of a woman (Lisa Kudrow) involved with a sex masseur (Bobby Cannavale) while a would-be filmmaker (Jesse Bradford) insists on filming the latter's life in exchange for revealing the identity of a child she had out of wedlock years before; her gay stepbrother (Steve Coogan) and his companion (David Sutcliffe), whose sperm may have been used for the child of lesbian friends Diane (Sarah Clarke) and Pam (Laura Dern); and a singer (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who seduces the sexually conflicted son (Jason Ritter) of a rich businessman (Tom Arnold) before casting an opportunistic eye on the father. Director Don Roos has made an edgy, offbeat comedy not completely devoid of a moral center -- many of the dysfunctional characters ultimately behave decently, and there's a subtext about the value of human life -- but the results are just not profound enough to overcome the general amorality on parade for most of the film's two hours-plus running time. Profanity, crude language and expressions, abortion and artificial insemination, partial nudity, same-sex coupling, premarital and underage sex, drug use, sexual situations including brief partial nudity, and a violent car accident. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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