Not Another Happy Ending


Directed By: John McKay
Starring: Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Iain De Caestecker, Gary Lewis, Henry Ian Cusick, Freya Mavor, Kate Dickie, Amy Manson,
Rating: NR
Grade: B-

After the surprise success of her debut novel, author Jane Lockhart has everything she could ever want: fame, fortune, a great boyfriend, and the return of her estranged father. However, despite this, she finds herself unable to complete the final chapter of her second book. When her delays go on for weeks, her publisher, Tom, decides that the only way she’ll be able to finish the book is to make her as miserable as she was when she wrote her first one. As he executes his plan, Tom finds that his meddling has one unintended consequence: he finds himself falling for Jane.

In the realm of romantic comedies, this appears to be pretty standard fare. There aren’t any twists, though there is a fake-out or two. It follows the boy meets girl, boy and decide they don’t like each other until they realize they do formula that many of its predecessors do. I enjoy Karen Gillan as an actress, and she does a serviceable job as a writer struggling with a block. She and Stanley Weber have a decent chemistry with each other, and Iain De Caestecker’s Roddy works well as the comic foil to Tom’s straight man.

There don’t appear to be any special effects of note, and the background filler isn’t noticeable.

Those who enjoy Hallmark’s brand of easy, slightly-predictable rom-coms should enjoy this movie. There’s a bit of language, and some non-frontal nudity that might put some people off, but all in all, it’s a cute, harmless movie for anyone looking to turn their mind off for an hour or so.

Not Another Happy Ending is currently available free to stream through Amazon Prime and Tubi TV, and it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
I’m always on the lookout for new things to watch/read, so if you have a suggestion for me, just let me know!