Happy Anniversary follows a young couple embarking on their third anniversary together. Facing a dilemma, they must decide whether to call quits on their relationship or plod on regardless of the issues facing most ‘normal’ couples.
The film throws in some witty banter between, not only the couple; Mollie (played by Noel Wells) and Sam (Ben Schwartz), but also from his sidekick Ed. He is played by Rahul Kohli from iZombie (review here). In actual fact, the supporting cast, particularly Mollie’s father Aldo, played by Joe Pantoliano, provide more of the light relief. And that's despite Aldo’s terminal cancer and his wife Diane’s craziness. Cue one of the film’s best lines from Molly to her mother…
The chemistry between Molly and Sam is totally convincing. Along with the film’s portrayal of the realisation that relationships can be hard work. But this doesn’t make up for the lack of plot. Nothing really jumps out from it apart from Molly’s ridiculous relationship demands. Then throw in Sam’s copious amount of swearing which adds nothing to the film.
The flashbacks, although necessary to the movie to tell the story, involve some sweet reminiscing of the three pleasant years gone by. Even they get a bit tedious along the way. It has all the usual clichés of the woman’s ‘body clock ticking' and is Sam really ‘THE ONE' or is there another ‘Mr Right' out there.
Considering the movie starts with anniversary number three and Sam presenting Molly with breakfast in bed, her sudden admission of her unhappiness seems a bit surprising. We’re then left with a rather uninspiring and paper thin storyline. The F-Bombs add more shock value than the rest of the script. You won’t really be missing out on much if you swerve this one. It’s a fairly predictable Rom-Com that passes part of a Saturday night though.