Oh my, what a dinner party Artsploitation Films has lined up for fans of deep, dark and very black comedies to enjoy on Feb. 9!!
That’s the street date for both DVD and Blu-ray editions of director Michael Mayer’s film festival favorite, Happy Times, which has sort of a double-entendre meaning, happy not, but hilariously funny in a “happy” sort of way.
It’s the annual Shabbat dinner at Sigal (Liraz Chamami) and Yossi’s (Ido Mor) home in the Hollywood Hills. The dinner, the tradition, is a bit of a pretense to show off their digs … to rub it in, so to speak. Their friends and family members are invited, but at this particular dinner it will be more than just wine, challah bread and Gefilte fish served.
Michael (Michael Aloni — Out in the Dark) is a struggling actor who has elected to bring a guest, Aliyah (Stéfi Celma), and he can’t even make it to the front door before he has a run-in with Maor (Daniel Lavid), who secretly has the hots for Sigal. How dare Michael bring Aliyah to the dinner … she’s black and she’s not Jewish.
More guests arrive and the meal finally begins, but it doesn’t go well. Michael and Maor go at it again, Michael gets the worst of it and Maor uses the confusion of the moment to hit on Sigal, which doesn’t sit well with her husband who nearly beats him to death. It the middle of all this chaos Michael returns, licking his wound, but now he has a gun!!
OK, OK, everyone needs to settle down. This is getting out of control. Calm. BANG!! One dead Maor, but it was an accident … let’s just move on. Move on, HAH! One thing leads to another and pretty soon it is absolute bedlam in the Hollywood Hills home of Sigal and Yossi.
Who survives the night? To find the answer to that question out, you’ll need to pick up a Blu-ray or DVD edition of Artsploitation Films’ Happy Times on Feb. 9. Presented in a mix of English and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Bonus features include a blooper reel, deleted scenes and an alternate cut scene.