Tom (Joel McHale) and Janet (Kerry Bishé) have been happily married for 14 years. In fact, “happily” is a severe understatement. Their honeymoon phase never ended. But a visit from a mysterious stranger (Stephen Root) thrusts them into an existential crisis that leads to a dead body, a lot of questions, and a very tense couples’ trip with a group of friends who may not actually be friends at all. Are Tom and Janet the victims of an elaborate prank? Or was the mysterious stranger even human to begin with? HAPPILY is a darkly comedic thriller with a stellar ensemble cast and a dozen twists and turns—an adult romantic comedy in the spirit of the TWILIGHT ZONE.
Ben David Grabinski is a writer, producer and director. He has been involved in Skiptrace and Are You Afraid of the Dark television series also as a producer. Happily is his full project as a filmmaker.
Kerry Bishé started her career as an actress in theater. Her on screen debut was in 2007 with The Half Like of Mason Lake. She continued making appearances in films like Sex in the City, Red State, Argo and Netflix’s How it Ends. Television series have been a hit in her career while being part of ABC’s Scrubs, Netflix’s Narcos, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and last year’s Showtime Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
I spoke with Kerry Bishé and Ben David Grabinski via Zoom about Happily. They gave their feedback about people seeing happiness as a malfunction. Grabinski shared how he feels about his directorial debut and his casting process. It was admirable to have Bishé comfortably speak about the sex scenes and spoke about a scene that did not make the film.
Happily is available in theater, On Digital and On Demand as of today