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Another Happy Day Review

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As the groom's brassy-babe stepmother, Demi Moore does her own share of scenery chewing, but at least she looks like she's having fun.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    Though some of the movie's performances flirt with caricature (Siobhan Fallon's loud-mouthed aunt, Demi Moore as a brash and overtly sexual second wife), the movie has a center of gravity just strong enough to contain them.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Intense, mature drama excavates too many family skeletons.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this indie drama serves is brimming with family dysfunction, centered around a wedding. The movie's heavy material -- drug abuse, physical abuse, estrangement, self-harm, and death -- could make it overwhelming for some adult viewers, let alone tweens and young teens. Expect plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," etc.), brief nudity and some crass sex talk, lingering scenes of a teen getting high, and heartbreaking meanness among family members who appear to want to care for each other, even if they're not very good at showing it.

  • Families can talk about how Another Happy Day portrays family relationships. Is this a positive view of families? A negative one? What's the overall message?
  • Why does Hollywood like to mine family get togethers for drama? What makes these situations inherently rife with material?
  • How does the movie deal with addiction? Are the consequences of substance use and abuse realistic? Parents, talk to your teens about alcohol and drug use.

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: This family's landscape is pretty bleak. But if there's any positive message here, it's that even in the most dysfunctional of families, there may still be slivers of communality and love. Also, it's important to honor your own truth.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Pretty much everyone is flawed/hobbled in this film. Nonetheless, Lynn is clearly trying mightily to figure out how to be at peace and happy with her life and her children.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Lots of fighting (both loud and hushed) and name-calling among family members. A son pushes his mother during a quarrel. References to how a man once beat his ex-wife. A man crashes a lawn mower into a tree. Discussions about how one character cuts herself. A teen says some very nasty things about his much younger sibling.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Brief nudity. Older teens and young adults also have crass conversations about sex.

  • language false4

    Language: Relatively frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "b-tch," "a--hole," "damn," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some car logos visible.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A teenager is shown tripping on his grandfather's Fentanyl a number of times. He also talks about getting high on cough syrup, and he and other teens and young adults smoke dope. Social drinking.