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Not Another Happy Ending

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Brit romcom about writer's block has brief nudity, clichés.

Movie NR 2015 102 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Just a bit of nudity

A joke in the movie has the main character naked in order for her to think of ideas for her novel. The scene cleverly censors her nudity with objects around her apartment. Her fire alarms go off because she is baking, and that starts to burn. As this happens, she runs over to fix her problem, but this exposes her bare butt to the camera. It’s shown for just a little bit, and plays off of the fact that everything was censored beforehand. Nothing else is shown, and this scene is played for laughs. Overall, as long as you are okay with your child seeing a bare bottom for a couple seconds, this movie is okay for 15 year olds and up. It’s up to you though!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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