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The Trouble with Bliss
The Trouble with Bliss

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Michael C. Hall, Chris Messina
Mar 23, 2012
PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.

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Movie Info

Cast: Michael C. Hall, Chris Messina, Brie Larson, Sarah Shahi, Peter Fonda, Lucy Liu, Brad William Henke, Scott Johnsen, Carol Lambert, Glenn Kubota
Director: Michael Knowles
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.
Genre: Comedy
Theater Release: Mar 23, 2012
DVD Release: Jan 01, 2013
Synopsis: The Trouble with Bliss tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu), Morris realizes that even though his life is unraveling, it's also opening up in ways that are long overdue. -- (C) Official Site

Critic Reviews

  • Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
    Hall does what he can, but Michael Knowles' film does such a thorough job portraying the ennui and aimlessness gripping its protagonist that the feeling is contagious.
  • Dennis Harvey, Variety
    The difficulties of adapting idiosyncratic literature to the screen are all too apparent in The Trouble With Bliss.
  • Kyle Smith, New York Post
    Striving mightily to be the indie equivalent of a wacky sitcom, "The Trouble With Bliss" fails to draw much humor from farcical situations.
  • Stephen Holden, New York Times
    The kind of movie that gives a bad name to the concept of "quirky."
  • Ian Buckwalter, NPR
    Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall.
  • Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
    Knowles and Light indulge in so many indie clichés, their movie could be used as a film-school case study.
  • Alison Willmore, AV Club
    The film aims to present a mosaic of crazy New York life, but instead seems more like a shaggy-dog story being spun out by an easily distracted barfly over the course of an idle afternoon.
  • Eric Hynes, Village Voice
    Even when circumstances and supporting turns slide into quirk and farce, Hall never angles for an easy laugh.
  • Sam Adams, Time Out New York
    Hall's puppy-dog charisma holds up under the strain, but it isn't nearly enough to keep this messy midlife-crisis dramedy afloat.
  • Karen Benardello, We Got This Covered
    The Trouble With Bliss intriguingly showcases the numerous struggles people face as they reflect on their life paths.
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