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Welcome To Happiness

6.11 h 35 min2016X-Ray13+
There's a magical door in Woody's closet that allows those who go through it to erase mistakes from their past. When he finds out where it goes, his life will be changed forever.
Oliver Thompson
Kyle GallnerOlivia ThirlbyNick Offerman
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3.9 out of 5 stars

202 global ratings

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Entropic VariableReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Deeply Flawed Pseudo-Spiritual Adult Fairy Tale
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Please allow me to save you 95 minutes of ugliness by getting straight to the moral of this story: You can never change the past, and the sooner you realize this, let the past go, and look for ways to move productively forward with your life, the happier you will be.

This is a VERY dark film. TOO dark. MUCH darker than it needs to be. It features a graphic and horrifying depiction of an attempted suicide, repeated recollections of two homicides from both the murderer’s and surviving family members’ perspectives, as well as the recollection of two additional extremely tragic accidental deaths. These are “playfully” interspersed with Nick Offerman’s standard issue sardonic dude shtick, Keegan-Michael Key’s standard issue unpredictable crazy dude shtick, and several additional surreal and quirky characters intended to represent unspecified guardian angel type forces whose power seems to reside in abject ditziness.

There is a very clever premise here that gets completely destroyed by the combination of extreme darkness and maddening silliness. If anything, the “playful” elements just make the darkness more chilling and hellish.

I wish I’d never seen this, and can’t encourage you strongly enough to avoid it.
11 people found this helpful
StrawberryReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Accept that it is supposed to be an odd movie
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Welcome to Happiness is a movie intended to preach, not to be an action movie, or a love story (though there is a little bit of that), or to be a comedy. It is intended to be odd, to tell a story in an unusual way. There isn't as much "there" there as some may pretend, as the symbolism is just there for symbolism's sake, without the profundity that I think the makers wished.

The real weakness of the film is that is luxuriates a bit too much in itself, indulges in staying in a scene longer than needed, drawing out the movie longer than it should be.

Bottom line: it's a fable about exactly what the title states - happiness.
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MaryReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice Life Lesson
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I wasn't sure whether to give this movie a 3 or a 4 or a 5 star rating. I gave it a 4. . . because. . .

Couldn't give it 5 stars because the movie just seemed sooooo slow. I fast forwarded a bit, a coupld of times, when the movie seemed to drag on a scene. I get the slowness, but I'm more of a faster paced person. If you want to "chill" the dragged on scenes might not bother you.

The artistic / creative side of this movie was 5 stars. Love the creativeness of the apartment's paint job. Love the character being a children's book writer. Loved the eccentricities of some of characters - very "artsy". Creative movie plot.

The moral of the story was super refreshing. 5 stars to that. If you could take back your regrets, would you be who you are today. . . a better person than if you had not taken back your regrets. All the bad (and the good) things that happen to us make us who we are today. Is that so bad? Do all the bad (and the good) things we do to others make them who they are today? Did they turn out to be better people as a result?

I'd watch the movie again on a day where I feel regrets or anger towards others who wrong me. . . to put into perspective the good that ultimately has come out of it. (Although, I'd still fast forward on a few of the scenes to save some drag on scenes.) Overall 4 stars.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
wow, creative as hell
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the most creative and original script i have seen in some time. items, people, events come around the corner and meet each other again, so you have to pay strict attention. you will NEVER know what to expect in the next scene - always a surprise, as is the way people behave. there is a sort of theme to it, and one you will eventually latch onto, about fate, determinacy, free will, which will make you think later. but during the film, you will just sit there with a smile on your face, marveling over the scriptwriters' originality.
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Alex HReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun, genre defying sleeper
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This was an amazingly refreshing movie. It's not a blockbuster by any means and yet it tells a very compelling story about what holds us back. What keeps you from enjoying life? What if you could remove that thing like it never was?

The story has a creative premise. What if you were the doorman for a door to hope - but were not allowed to enter yourself? You guide people to the door all the time, because that's your job - and yet you don't know what's beyond the door. Yes, as viewers we do get a peek beyond the door, and it's probably not at all what you expect.

If you're wondering whether the story is some kind of Christian analogy or has to do with death, or is religious in nature, it isn't any of that. But it is very human, quite fun, and very much worth the watch.
7 people found this helpful
Just MeReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
put in ear plugs
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this movie was nothing more than a pain in my butt. every single time they wanted to shove the music down my throat, i had to get up and lower the volume. it was blasting. why did this movie get on the top movie feed???? because the actress from that TV series is in it i guess. maybe she did this as a favor for a friend .. who knows. the story would have been good if there was something exciting about it... every one loves a small door in the closet story, but this one sucked.
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Uncle DaveReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you like querkie movies...
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This is one of those querkie movies from the Indi ranks. That's not to say is good or bad, it depends on what you like. A man (Kyle Gallner) lives in an apartment and is basically the ferryman for a mysterious door. Occasionally, a complete strange arrives at his door; an old dot-matrix printer supplies 3 questions to confirm the stranger's identity before they can pass through the door... and possibly set-right whatever regret they had had in their life.
After a while this "guardian" finally starts to wonder, who is worth to pass through this door? And why HE cannot reap this, possible life-changing magic.
As most of these 'mysterious life-changing' type stories... It's not that mysterious... It's more 'enlightening"... Without giving away too much, suffice-to-say, When you are at your lowest point, it's more about HOW you look at life!
Bottom line: Querkie movie, good music, decent acting, WEIRD story... But not bad; 7/10
(Beware, the version I watch on Amazon Prime, the music as loud! The audio was soft... I don't know who mixed the audio, but they need to go back to school.)
MaryMoReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Thoughtful Indie
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Thought provoking, colorful, quirky indie drama.
Silly moments, but this is not a comedy. If you're uncomfortable with the exploration of human existence amid the challenges of life, then skip it. But if you can accept that we all go through our own form of suffering at some point, then you'll have a good time on this magic carpet ride.
It's super creative, and has an Alice in Wonderland feel to it-- if Alice was a dude living in LA.
The cast of vibrant characters and winding story keeps you on your toes!
For those saying it's "dark".... it does visit the character's deepest regrets in life, but I didn't find this to be particularly uncomfortable dialog, and it actually enriched the film in my opinion.

(If you're watching with young children, be aware that there are adult themes.)
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