Happy Anniversary – Review

Genre Romantic, Comedy
Directed by Jared Stern
Starring Noël Wells, Ben Schwartz, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Kate Berlant, Leonardo Nam, David Walton, Isidora Goreshter, Annie Potts, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Grace
Released on March 30, 2018
Duration 78 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 6/10
Channel Netflix

“It’s not called ‘gently reclining’ in love. It’s called falling in love”.

I think that sums up Netflix’s newest original film, Happy Anniversary quite well.  Love isn’t supposed to be easy, it’s supposed to be hard work! If you happen to burst into tears in the middle of grocery shopping, that’s just an added bonus.

Happy Anniversary is actually a very clever movie if you can ignore a lot of the cringe worthy moments. My favorite one being when Mollie (Noël Wells) turns to her long-time boyfriend, Sam (Ben Schwartz) and says, ), “I just want the most-perfect version of imperfectness.” I could feel the vomit at the back of my throat at that one, but it’s okay. It just adds to the quirkiness of the film.

Happy Anniversary revolves around a couple Mollie and Sam who are almost polar opposites of each other. It’s different from most rom-coms where a dashing male lead attempts to win over a stunning female lead for over an hour. No, this movie shows us how love, albeit nice and exciting in the beginning can become a bit of a chore after a while.

When you’ve been with someone for long enough, the boundaries start to become fuzzy and personal space becomes close to non-existent. You pee in front of each other, you yell and fight about problems that are probably inconsequential. It feels like you’re not happy.

At this tipping point you start to wonder if the drama is worth it and if your pretentious significant other should continue being a partner in crime or if you should go your separate ways. Are they really worth it? That’s what your mind starts to obsess over. You start to ask your friends and family about their opinions when you wouldn’t have given a rat’s ass about what they felt before.

Filled with a lot of compulsive swearing and vulgar jokes on Sam’s part, Happy Anniversary will keep you entertained. That is, if you can get over him f****ing saying f*** until you punch a hole through the dry wall.

Mollie is much gentler (most of the time) but it feels like she’s got nothing going on upstairs if you know what I mean. She craves romance. She wants to feel like a princess and Sam is the farthest thing from it.

Will Mollie and Sam make it through? Or will they decide to call it quits and search for something easier? Watch it to find out!

Video Credit – Netflix | YouTube

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