Set in present day New York City, “Happy Hour” is a literate and often funny story of love and how to receive it. Tulley, a once-promising literary star now biding his time as an advertising copy editor, moves from cynicism to acceptance as he secretly hopes to write a great novel only to learn that his life of booze will end all too soon. Levine, his best friend and Natalie, the woman who might have saved him, suffer the pain of Tulley’s anger and rejection.
User Reviews: i never pick out movies i know nothing about but this time i did… and I dug it. Sure it felt like a made for TV movie. Sure the filming was rather bland, predictable… but the writing was really good! Not perfect, but fun and entertaining, and the acting was very good. Stoltz was surprisingly low-key.. I guess he always is, but in this one he was super low-key. I was touched.
Story did have overtones of many other alkie movies I’ve seen, which at first put me off, but it was still set apart by the genuine feel of the story.
Overall, it was a humble little movie. Smallish production values. But sweet and sincere…
But when they were drunk, they really didn’t seem that drunk… except once or twice… and the DTs are always hard to watch (remember Nicholas cage in leaving las Vegas?)