Movie Review: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After (known in France as Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d’enfants) is a French film starring Charlotte Gainsboug and her real life boyfriend Yvan Attal as a married couple struggling with infidelity.  They haven’t cheated on each other, but they both realize there’s a lack of a spark in the relationship.  One friend is also having problems in his marriage, while another is single and wishes he had stability in his life.

This movie is classified as a romantic comedy, but I think it is far from it.  It does have its romantic moments, its comedic moments, but Happily Ever After is a sober reality of a relationship.  Honestly, it adds nothing to the genre.  There are tons of movies like these, like Revolutionary Road, for example.  This is pretty tame compared to Revolutionary Road, except the last ten minutes.  This ending is so awful, I was actually mad after watching it.  I felt ripped off.  It’s a shame, because Charlotte is her adorable self in it, and the soundtrack is amazing.  Also, there’s a cameo in the movie from an American A-list actor, and I was sooooo surprised.  Don’t spoil yourself by heading to Wikipedia if you plan on seeing it.

I sort of liked this movie until the last ten minutes, and the ending ruined it for me.  It shows that even movies that you think you would like, you might end up hating it.  I wouldn’t go as far to say I hate this, though.  It is relate-able, but I think it was a half-assed attempt.  I think this is the first movie that I wouldn’t recommend.  It’s not bad, but it’s not something that’s so well done that it deserves a bigger audience.

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