Happy Family

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  • 2002
  • 6.3  (35)

Happy Family is a 2002 Hong Kong comedy-drama film directed by Andrew Lau and starring Nick Cheung, Candy Lo, and Kenny Bee. The movie revolves around a family of five, consisting of father Michael (Cheung), mother Lily (Lo), and their three children, trying to navigate through various personal and familial challenges. The film starts with the family's patriarch, Michael, struggling to find time for his daughter's birthday party due to his busy work schedule. Meanwhile, Lily, the mother, is unhappy with her mundane life as a stay-at-home mom and feels unappreciated by her husband. The couple's eldest son is a rebellious teenager, their middle child is a reserved and quiet girl, and their youngest son is constantly getting into trouble at school.

As the story progresses, each family member faces individual issues. Michael must choose between his high-paying job and spending time with his family, while Lily yearns for excitement and begins to suspect Michael of having an affair. The eldest son gets involved with a gang and starts using drugs, while the middle child feels neglected and seeks comfort from a boy at school. The youngest son is expelled from school and tries to hide it from his parents.

Despite their individual struggles, the family members come together to support each other during difficult times. Michael takes on a new job that gives him more time with his family, and Lily learns to appreciate her role as a stay-at-home mom. The eldest son overcomes his drug addiction and tries to make amends for his past mistakes, while the middle child learns to express herself and stand up for herself. The youngest son admits to his parents about his expulsion and learns to take responsibility for his actions.

The movie's plot is driven by the problems each character faces and their attempts to overcome them. It tackles themes such as family values, the importance of communication, and the need for a work-life balance. Despite its serious undertones, the film also has moments of humor and warmth, making it an enjoyable watch.

Happy Family boasts a strong cast led by Nick Cheung, who delivers a solid performance as a hardworking father torn between his job and family. Candy Lo shines as Lily, portraying the character's emotional turmoil and growth with conviction. Kenny Bee brings a touch of humor as Michael's friend and confidant.

Overall, Happy Family is an engaging, heartwarming film that explores the complexities of family relationships. Its relatable characters and universal themes make it a must-watch for anyone interested in family dramas.

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