My Happy Ending
Comedy / Drama
My Happy Ending
Comedy / Drama
My Happy Ending is a poignant and funny female ensemble comedy about four women laughing in the face of adversity, that packs a strong emotional punch. Julia Roth (Andie MacDowell), a somewhat forgotten Hollywood star, discovers she has cancer the day the West End play that was supposed to be her comeback is cancelled - Not fully understanding the magnitude of this discovery, she decides to go to a chemo clinic in Kent, seeking obscurity and privacy, and get it "taken care of" before returning to the US with her tail between her legs. To her horror, having mistaken what the doctor meant by 'private' she finds herself stuck within a general ward with members of the public, three very different women (an aging rocker, a 28-year-old Muslim mother of four, and a forever single retired schoolteacher who doesn't even have a cat), undergoing their usual round of treatment. She calls her manager Nancy to come in and "Fix it", which she promptly does. But as the group let her in on some of the realities she has to look forward to, she realises these strangers are the only ones who can really help her deal with the most difficult role she has ever played - herself.
May 25, 2023 at 05:16 AM
A disappointing and clichéd comedy-drama that wastes its talented cast
My Happy Ending is a film that tries to be a heartwarming and humorous story about four women who bond over their cancer treatments in a hospital. Julia (Andie MacDowell) is a famous actress who is diagnosed with breast cancer and has to deal with her fading career and cheating husband. Judy (Miriam Margolyes) is an elderly Jewish woman who has terminal lung cancer and wants to make peace with her estranged son. Mikey (Sally Phillips) is a rebellious punk rocker who has ovarian cancer and refuses to give up her lifestyle. Imaan (Rakhee Thakrar) is a young Muslim woman who has leukemia and struggles with her conservative family.
The film, directed by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, based on a play by Anat Gov, fails to deliver on its premise. The film is full of stereotypes, contrivances, and melodrama, without any subtlety or nuance. The film also lacks any real humor or emotion, relying on cheap jokes and sentimental music. The film does not explore the complex issues of cancer, mortality, identity, or friendship in any meaningful way.
The film's only redeeming quality is the cast, who try their best to bring some life to their characters. MacDowell, Margolyes, Phillips, and Thakrar have some chemistry and charisma on screen, but they are wasted by the poor script and direction. The supporting actors are also underused or miscast.
My Happy Ending is a film that should have been better than it was. It is a film that squanders its potential and its talent.
finding yourself through cancer treatment
Greetings again from the darkness. When it comes to death, everyone hopes to go out on their own terms. Perhaps that's at an advanced age surrounded by family. Or maybe it's before the loss of physical or mental capacities. And then there are those who just want to pass quietly while sleeping. Whatever terms one might envision, the odds are we will have little say in when, where, or how. Co-directors Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon previously collaborated on THE FAREWELL PARTY (2014), and here they are working on Rona Tamir's adaptation of the stage play by Anat Gov.
Andie MacDowell stars as Julia Roth, a once famous actress who is attempting to receive medical treatment while remaining incognito. Arriving for her first chemotherapy session, she admits to not having told friends, family, or even her loyal assistant Nancy (Tamsen Grieg). The three women currently receiving chemo all recognize Julia, but it becomes clear that no one being treated for cancer cares much about spotting a celebrity. It's interesting to watch as Julia is brought down a notch or two from her arrogance as she realizes two things: these folks aren't impressed, and her own cancer is much more advanced than she originally thought.
This little chemo support group provides the heart of the film. Screen veteran Miriam Margolyes plays Judy, a retired teacher and lifelong single. Sally Phillips plays Mikey, a former rocker and the most optimistic of the group. Rakhee Thakrar plays Imaan, a young Muslim mother hoping to be cured so she can watch her kids grow up. They are all being treated by Tom Cullen, who they've nicknamed, "Dr Handsome". Julia's motivation is the upcoming wedding of her daughter, and the mood shifts quickly when Nancy shows up to "take care of this" for her boss.
There are times in life when we must be open to the help and guidance of others. Julia is a bit slow on the uptake, but soon enough, figures out that listening to those who have been going through what she's about to go through provides the insight she needs to make up her own mind ... finding a way of doing things on her own terms. Given the subject matter, the film from Granit and Maymon offers a good dose of humor, and it's also effective in reminding us that taking a "vision trip" can be the holiday that leads to clarity and making decisions that work best for ourselves.
Opens in theaters on February 24, 2023.