On occasion a film is not so easily described. I might fall short by calling it a romantic comedy as amongst all the characters romance has failed. Given the high divorce rate in North America added to couples still married and living in misery humans never seem to renounce romance completely. The film makes it quite clear romance is fluid. One can fall out and into romance even with the same partner.
In “Are You Happy Now” Adam (Josh Ruben) is in a relationship with Gina (Ismenia Mendes) that eventually progresses to marriage seemingly for the reason of making each other happy. They both seem to fall in an and out of love and as the credits role at the conclusion of the film one might query are they in or out of love? I rather enjoy these uncertain endings.
As Alanis Morissette sang “Jagged Little Pill” I would borrow on that and call this a “Jagged Little Film” because it is not linear and smooth and may throw you for a loop now and then.
There is the the issue of mental illness. Adam has spent a couple of weeks in a “mental centre” as he has suffered from depression and impulsiveness. He has low self esteem claiming everything he does is a “fuck up”. Gina may be mentally scarred from the divorce of her parents vowing she would never get married calling marriage the biggest Ponzi scheme ever! In fact when Gina and Adam get married Gina’s father gives a $2,800 cheque as a gift payable in 20 years to see just how long their marriage lasts.
There is also familial dysfunctionality involved. Adam’s friend Walter and Adam himself have what one can only call abusive older brothers. Both confront their brothers and regain some self dignity.
Other issues dealt with are loneliness, jealousy, fear of relationship commitment, respect, compromise, being able to express emotions, honesty, friendship, reconciliation and the death oof a loved one.
One must not forget a few comedic moments most involving chickens and one strange 7-year-old prone to public belching.
So is it a good movie? It is well directed and produced and I will say as it is not a simplistic linear movie. I enjoyed it.
The movie was released on digital platforms on December 7th.
The 95-minute film was written and directed by first time filmmaker David Beinstein and you can see the trailer here https://vimeo.com/640986051