A Happening of Monumental Proportions

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A series of touching comic tableaus -- some raucous, some sad, some instantly identifiable -- mark actress Judy Greer's directorial debut. The nonstop comedy intertwines students, parents, and teachers, all trying to find their way through one rough day. The all-star cast finds Daniel, an account manager (Common) with a boring job gearing up for Career Day at his lovely daughter's elementary school, while dealing with the fallout of an intra-office romance with his assistant (Jennifer Garner) and his nasty new boss (Bradley Whitford). The boss's unfortunately nerdy son finds himself instantly entranced with Daniel's daughter (Storm Reid), seeking advice from their school's hip shop teacher (John Cho) and depressed music teacher (Anders Holm), without success. The teachers' principal team -- Allison Janney and Rob Riggle -- spend their day trying to hide the school's dead gardener from not only the staff, but also the students and their parents, who experience a Career Day they likely will never forget.

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  • Even if the above factors were clicking on all cylinders, the wrong touch in the editing bay could sink the moment.

    Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This ensemble film has a slight edge to compensate for its blaring score and comedic misfires.

    Sep 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There will be worse movies this year yet. But "A Happening" may take the 2018 prize for being the one with the faultiest instincts, and without a single genuine moment.

    Sep 22, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • For a large cast of characters played by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, the acting wasn't groundbreaking. But it definitely is charming...

    Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Judy Greer assembled a monumental cast for her directing debut, A Happening of Monumental Proportions. Then she stranded her fellow actors with material that doesn't even begin to tap into their talents.

    Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Seldom has so much name talent been assembled in the service of a film as wan and misguided as "A Happening of Monumental Proportions," a title that couldn't be less apt if it tried.

    Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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