Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys and isn't interested in having sex with her anymore because she "isn't particularly attractive." Whatever. That's l ife. But when "the perfect couple" moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. Not only do these successful, beautiful, exciting people sing in a choir, they have also adopted a child - from Ethiopia! These new neighbors open a whole new world to Kaja, with consequences for everyone involved. And when Christmas comes around, it becomes evident that nothing will ever be like before - even if Kaja tries her very best.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Its subversive intentions are ultimately undercut by its lack of nerve, along with a lurking sentimentality.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 09.15.2011
[A] pleasantly warped Norwegian dramatic comedy...Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 09.14.2011
For all the zaniness, the movie's understanding and insight come in moments so incisive that the sharpness will sting.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 09.15.2011
The curdled Norwegian comedy-drama "Happy, Happy," which dissects a pair of poisoned marriages, is sometimes heavy-handed (like its title) but has much to recommend it.Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 10.13.2011