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Three loosely interrelated stories of dysfunctional relationships are played for edgy laughs in this dark comedy drama from writer and director Don Roos. An unexpected assignation between stepsiblings Mamie and Charley results in Mamie becoming pregnant, with the child being put up for adoption shortly after birth. Twenty years later, Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) is approached by Nicky (Jesse Bradford), an aspiring filmmaker with an abrasive personality who claims to know where her long-lost son is living. However, there's a catch -- Nicky wants to shoot the reunion for the student film he's working on, and won't tell her about her child unless she agrees, though her lover, Javier (Bobby Cannavale), attempts to work out a compromise. Meanwhile, Charley (Steve Coogan), now out of the closet, has a longstanding relationship with Gil (David Sutcliffe), and the couple are involved in a legal battle over whether or not Gil's donated sperm produced a baby who has been adopted by a lesbian couple they know (Laura Dern and Sarah Clarke). And finally, Jude (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a bohemian malcontent who becomes involved with Otis (Jason Ritter), a sexually ambiguous rock musician. Otis has a difficult relationship with his father, Frank (Tom Arnold), but when Jude meets Frank, she likes him fine -- in fact, she soon falls in love with him and leaves Otis for his dad. Happy Endings had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 15, 2005


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Maggie Gyllenhaal Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee


Tom Arnold
as Frank
Jesse Bradford
as Nicky
Bobby Cannavale
as Javier
Sarah Clarke
as Diane
Steve Coogan
as Charley
Laura Dern
as Pam
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Jude
Lisa Kudrow
as Marnie
Jason Ritter
as Otis
David Sutcliffe
as Gil
Rayne Marcus
as Annette
Hallee Hirsh
as Mamie at 17
Eric Jungmann
as Charley at 16
Eric Jungmann
as Tom
Johnny Galecki
Caker Folley
as Lauren
Soledad St. Hilaire
as Dignore
Nicole Tocantins
as Tess
Joe Milton
as Musician #1
Ashleigh Darkbloom
as Rain
Rob Macie
as Steve the Lawyer
Emma Hunton
as Becca
Kim Morgan Greene
as Connie Peppitone
Amanda Foreman
as Lane
Carol Androsky
as Naked Woman
T.R. Hopper
as Chuck Peppitone
Mark Fite
as Tess's Drunk Husband
Tamara Davies
as Shauna
Lisa Hoyle
as Woman Driver
Dave Beyer
as Musician #2
Scott Sener
as Karaoke Guy
Randy Landas
as Musician #3
Ramon De Ocampo
as Alvin


Michael Paseornek
Holly Wiersma
Clark Mathis
Nicole Tocantins
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Codron
Richard Sherman
Production Designer
Marc E. Platt
Ali Forman
Bobby Cohen
Donna Sloan
Associate Producer
Laura Smith
Associate Producer
Robert Melnik
Associate Producer
Nick Meyer
Executive Producer
Mike Elliott
Executive Producer
Tom Ortenberg
Executive Producer
Peggy Schnitzer
Costume Designer
Matthew Flood Ferguson
Set Decorator
Eric Tignini
First Assistant Director
Casey Easlick
Melissa Barker
Scott Waugh
Nicole Basanda
Lisa Hoyle
Ronn Surels
John Brace
Benjamin Patrick
Sound Mixer
Linda Lowy
Colby Enders
Assistant Editor
Gentle Jungle
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
David Arnott
ADR Loop Group
Merdyce McClaran
Assistant Properties
Kelly Clear
Kathleen Kasinger
Properties Master
Ron Shino
Assistant Location Manager
Geno Hart
Transportation Coordinator
Chris Culliton
Best Boy Electric
Jennifer Hwang
Post Production Coordinator
Brian Yonck
Set Production Assistant
Jon Kuyper
Unit Production Manager
Jon Kuyper
Line Producer
Lindsay Chag
Additional Casting
Chris Libby
Unit Publicist
Keven Hale Simmons
Glenn Fishel
Key Grip
Amy Roos
Personal Assistant
Jeremy Crane
Production Secretary
Carl Pedregal
Post Production Supervisor
Peter Waggoner
Re-Recording Mixer
Tracy Metro
ADR Loop Group
Bernadette Tanchauco
Production Accountant
Walter Thomson
Still Photographer
Charlynne Hopson
Location Manager
Hope Garrison
Second Assistant Director
Jody Bingenheimer
Vernon Scott
ADR Loop Group
Shawn Williamson
Set Production Assistant
Keith R. Gunthorpe
Extra Casting
Jordan Otis
Production Assistant
David Randolph
ADR Loop Group
Bree Bailey
Personal Assistant
Chris Friebus
Camera Loader
Sheree Morgan
Key Make-up
Jason Newton
Lorin Flemming
Assistant Art Director
Joseph Taggart
Mark Agostino
Ryan Reasor
Production Assistant
Alaine Alldaffer
Casting Associate
John Carbonara
Music Editor
Pat Golden
Extra Casting
Stuart Stanley
Dialogue Editor
Kirk Huston
Transportation Captain
Noon Orsatti
Stunts Coordinator
Kenneth Strain
Boom Operator
Michael Betts
Casting Assistant
Natasha Walsh
Ryan Collison
Foley Editor
Katherine Fisher
First Assistant Editor
Laura D. Smith
Personal Assistant
Noelle Penraat
Negative Cutter
Karen Gorodetsky
Production Supervisor
Susan Bannout
Set Medic/First Aid
Kay Majerus
Key Hairstylist
LouAnn Wu
Set Production Assistant
Coll Anderson
Sound Effects Editor
Ruth Zalduondo
ADR Loop Group
James Uribe
Assistant Production Coordinator
Beatriz Baz
Andy Kris
Re-Recording Mixer
Tom Kempf
Dolly Grip
Doug Burch
ADR Loop Group
Jacqueline Aronson
Costumes Supervisor
Carlos M. Serrano
Nancy Cabrera
Foley Artist
Mike Baber
Music Editor
Meghan Glennon
Assistant Location Manager