Nick Schager Reviews Happy Tears

Destined to elicit waterworks but not, alas, the type promised by its title, Happy Tears succeeds only at suggesting the incompatibility of returning-home dramedy and surrealistic flights of fancy. Taking a giant step backward from his weak-sauce provocation Teeth, writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein wholly fails to create a stable tone or affecting balance between fantasy and reality for this tale about superficial, sheltered Jayne (Parker Posey), who travels to Pittsburgh at the request of her older sister Laura (Demi Moore) to help care for their dementia-addled lothario father Joe (Rip Torn).

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