A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Loyalty; trust; space to tend to the creative process; family.
Positive Role Models
Jane is a hardworking and devoted writer who has ethics about her work; her father attempts to reconcile after a long split and abandonment. Minor characters are largely selfishly motivated to one degree or another and not particularly compassionate.
Violence & Scariness
A man punches another in the face, knocking him out and bloodying his nose; a woman imagines banging a man's head against his typewriter; two men joke about killing a woman's dog to make her sad; a woman throws a book and an award at a man's head out of anger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman writes naked, with exposed rear end and brief side boob and running around her apartment with plants and cookie trays disguising various parts. A man and woman kiss, half undress, then go to the bedroom; a man and woman kiss a few times.
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"F--k" twice; "bastard," "crap," "s--t," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Casual smoking a few times; casual adult drinking throughout but not to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Not Another Happy Ending is a British romcom about a writer's maudlin memoir about her father's abandonment, with brief mentions of her mother's death and father's subsequent addiction. It features brief nudity (female rear end, side boob), a few instances of "f--k," profanity throughout, casual drinking, and implied casual sex. It focuses heavily on the isolating writing process, writer's block, and aspects of being published or having work adapted to the big screen. Nothing particularly shocking here, but the language, relationship stuff, and paternal abandonment make it a tad heavy for a romantic comedy and best for older teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING is shot beautifully, with Ireland as its backdrop. The characters are pretty vivid and quirky but often flat and lacking the necessary chemistry. But the premise here -- of a publisher finagling with his writer's everyday happiness so she will write better, aka more miserably -- is simply too fantastical to get behind, and it's a key component to the movie's major plot. Plus, the myth of the depressive author is just that -- a myth -- and here, the genre and its shorthand stereotypes about the writing life are missing the fresh take that might make this more memorable.
For aspiring writers, there isn't much to chew on here -- plus, the writing process doesn't exactly visually crackle, and here we get it in montage form a lot. Romantic comedy fans may enjoy the screwball love-hate relationship at the movie's center. But there are some heavy adult themes here: some casual sex, casual drinking, a bit of nudity, lots of profanity, and the all-around complexities of adult relationships. Best for older teens, but it doesn't knock any of its strengths out of the park.
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