BollySitter Recommended Age: 12+ (For adult language and sexuality)
BollySitter Family GO Factor: 2.0/5.0
The Review Monk TRM Score: 5.3/10.0
Directed by: Raj Nidimoru & Krishna D.K.
Starring: Saif Ali Khan Ileana D’Cruz Govinda, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey
Written By: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K. Sita Menon
Music by: Sachin-Jigar
Produced by: Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan, Sunil Lulla
Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Running time: 137 mins
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance
HAPPY ENDING is a romantic comedy set in Los Angeles that tells the story of a philandering author who has only written one book in his entire career and who falls in love with another author. The film is NOT recommended for kids under 12 years of age due to inappropriate and adult language, sexual situations and innuendos throughout.
HAPPY ENDING tells the story of a “commitment-shy one-hit wonder” author struggling to make his ends meet. Much against his wishes, he falls for a fellow female author, only to realize that her views on love and commitment are the same as what they used to be for him before he fell in love. Despite being a rom-com overall, the film comes off more as a series of well-shot sequences, with a few laughs, some witty dialogues and plenty of frank and sexual conversations and situations.
There is no violence in the film.
Intense & Frightening scenes
There are no intense or frightening scenes in the film.
A couple is shown having sex multiple times. Although there is no explicit nudity, the lead-ups to the scenes involve sexual conversations. A couple is shown playing cards and taking turns to strip, depending upon who wins each round. A couple is shown stripping on the highway in order to hitchhike a ride. A married couple is shown arguing about how infrequently they have sex and how the wife could have gotten pregnant. Two guys break into a girl’s apartment and have a lewd discussion around her undergarments. Two guys have frank conversations about their sex lives. A song features scantily clad girls dancing in the background. A boy forcibly attempts to check out a hidden tattoo by pulling one of his former girlfriends’ shorts. Two guys are shown having drinks at a strip club with scantily dressed women in the background.
There is a liberal usage of inappropriate words and adult language throughout the film, including words like “f***”, “a**hole” “b**ch”, “screwed”, “shit”, “behanc***d” and “bastard”. A popular party song has risqué and double meaning lyrics. It is hard to overlook the usage of such language in a mainstream Bollywood film, thereby making it unsuitable for younger kids.
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
There are multiple drinking scenes in the movie. Couples are shown drinking wine on regular basis. Two guys are shown drinking heavily in bars and eventually passing out, throwing up or waking up with a hangover. Smoking is shown intermittently in the background although none of the lead characters are shown smoking themselves.
The movie is about an author who does not wish to work despite his bleak financial situation and is afraid of getting into any serious relationship with a woman. Women are discussed as being harsh, non-understanding and difficult to deal with, throughout the film. Drinking excessively, lying and having relationships with multiple partners is also assumed to be an acceptable behavior.
This is a romantic comedy meant for adults, with no positive takeaways that can be discussed with kids.
Bechdel Test = 0/3
There are plenty of female characters in the film but none of them have any conversation with each other.
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