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'Another Happy Day': Ellen Barkin and the mistakes of motherhood

October 25, 2011 |  6:52 pm

Ellen Barkin in Another Happy Day
"Do you think Mom is hot?" is not a conventional first line in a film, but perhaps that's why Ellen Barkin was willing to stick with Sam Levinson's script "Another Happy Day" for more than three years helping the now 26-year-old writer-director get his first film into production.

Barkin stars in the film as the overly sensitive, wildly misunderstood Lynn, who has to return home to her parents' house to attend her son's wedding and tend to her ailing father while taking care of her other children: the self-medicating son (Ezra Miller), the self-mutilating daughter (Kate Bosworth) and the pre-teen son with Aspergers.

In this clip from Monday night's Envelope Screening Series Q&A after the film, Barkin and Levinson discuss the origins of the script — which he wrote in just three weeks — and her decision to take on a rather unlikable leading lady.

Check back Wednesday for more highlights from the Q&A.


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— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Ellen Barkin in "Another Happy Day." Credit: Phase 4 Films.

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