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Mitchell Lichtenstein, son of pop-art painter Roy Lichtenstein, came into his own in 2007 as writer-director of Teeth, a satirical horror comedy about a prim high schooler who discovers she's equipped with a vagina dentata. This sophomore effort is more ambitious and more personal, but its melange of ideas never comes together. Two sisters return to their hometown to care for their widowed and increasingly demented father (Rip Torn); one of them (Demi Moore) is a blowsy hippie, while the other (Parker Posey) is a selfish fashion plate whose wealthy husband lives in the shadow of his father, a lionized painter. Lichtenstein dutifully unpacks the family's unhappy past, but he's so easily distracted by surreal dream sequences and colorful supporting characters that his main story gradually dries up into a sitcom. With Ellen Barkin. R, 95 min.

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Official Site: www.happytears.net
Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein
Producer: Joyce Pierpoline, Mitchell Lichtenstein, Gregory Elias, Timothy DeBaets and Jonathan Gray
Cast: Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Rip Torn, Ellen Barkin, Christian Camargo, Billy Magnussen, Sebastian Roche, Roger Rees, Susan Blommaert, Victor Slezak, Patti D'Arbanville and Celia Weston

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