Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Happy Hour

Year: 2003
Country: United States
Run Time: 93 minutes

Set in modern-day Manhattan, a once-brilliant and promising literary star, Ryan Tulley (Anthony LaPaglia) now writes copy for an advertising firm and has a barstool waiting for him regularly at happy hour. Unlike his famous writer father (played by Robert Vaughn), Tulley suffers terminal disillusionment, even as he picks up women in the bar. One feisty girl, however, holds his attention: Natalie (Caroleen Feeney), a lovely young woman who works as a school teacher "who can't stand kids." Rounding out the trio is Tulley's close friend Levine (Eric Stoltz), who idolizes Tulley's talent and knows him more intimately than anyone. These three who were adrift soon become inseparable, until Tulley comes to a turning point in his life: his health is failing and he vows to complete his final novel, 17 years in the making. As befits a film about a writer, the dialogue is cutting and witty, the tone shifts easily from blistering humor to darker waters, and the characters are played with depth and emotional nuance.

Screenplay
Mike Bencivenga, Richard Levine

Producer
J. Todd Haris, Eric M. Klein, Kimberly Shane O'Hara

Cinematography
Giselle Chamma

Editing
Nina Kawasaki, Robert Landau

Principal Cast
Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Stoltz, Caroleen Feeney, Robert Vaughn, Sandrine Holt

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