Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), aged 35, wants to travel but he has no money. He needs to find a job but has no prospects. Bliss still shares an apartment with his widowed father Seymour Bliss (Peter Fonda) and the premature death of his mother is still present and has left him emotionally closed. Randomly he finds himself in an odd relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old Stephanie Jouseski (Brie Larson), the daughter of a former classmate, Steven ‘Jetski’ Jouseski (Brad William Henke) and juggling advances of his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu). Morris static life suddenly unravels and opens up in ways that are long overdue….

“The Trouble with Bliss” is a grown up coming of age story, nothing new storyline wise for sure, but this is odd, funny, not 100% coherent and logic, but yet mesmerising somehow. Michael C. Hall´s loser Morris ends up in maybe things and situations that I might not fully buy, but due to great acting from the ensemble it still works. The idea of being stuck in dreams/hopes and not being able to take action is something we all can relate to. We might need that little extra push from fate that puts us in the right direction like in Morris case and the catalyst in the shape of the cute Stephanie (a great and stunning Brie Larson). Maybe not a logic situation/storyline, but in Hollywood anything can happen. And the same goes for Morris interaction with his neighbor Andrea (Lucy Liu). But, the side story that makes no sense at all in my book is the one between NJ (Chris Messina) and Hattie Skunk/Hattie Rockworth (Sarah Shahi). It´s just one big question mark for me, even if it was nice to see a radiant Sarah Shahi. “The Trouble with Bliss” stood out despite its flaws and it entertained me through the running time. (Three out of 5)

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