Dark Horse


Happiness director Todd Solondz goes soft (sort of)

Todd Solondz goes soft?

Well, not exactly.

But this latest study in suburban failure from the Happiness director isn’t quite as savage as earlier efforts.

It does boast a fine lead turn by Jordan Gelber as a Solondz staple: a 35-year-old no-hoper who collects action figures, still lives at home with Ma and Pa (Mia Farrow, Christopher Walken) and dreams of domestic bliss with the unnervingly cruel Miranda (Selma Blair).

Walken on a bad hair day is also worth a watch, though Dark Horse stumbles in the final furlongs, with a third act that trots when it should gallop.

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