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Michael C. Hall Comedy "Trouble With Bliss" Goes to Variance

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire November 30, 2011 at 2:19PM

Variance Films has nabbed U.S. theatrical rights to the comedy "The Touble With Bliss" starring Michael C. Hall ("Dexter) and Lucy Liu. They plan to release the film on March 23, 2012. Here's the plot per Variance: "The Trouble With Bliss" tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu), Morris realizes that even though his life is unraveling, it’s also opening up in ways that are long overdue. Full release below:
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"The Trouble With Bliss"
Variance Films "The Trouble With Bliss"

Variance Films has nabbed U.S. theatrical rights to the comedy "The Touble With Bliss" starring Michael C. Hall ("Dexter) and Lucy Liu. They plan to release the film on March 23, 2012.

Here's the plot per Variance:

"The Trouble With Bliss" tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia.  He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu), Morris realizes that even though his life is unraveling, it’s also opening up in ways that are long overdue.

Full release below:

Comedy formerly known as “East Fifth Bliss,” starring Michael C. Hall,

Brie Larson, Peter Fonda, and Lucy Liu, to open in theaters on March 23, 2012

New York, November 30, 2011– Variance Films has acquired US theatrical rights to the comedy THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS, and will release the film to theaters on March 23, 2012, it was announced today by founder Dylan Marchetti. The film, directed by Michael Knowles, whose previous feature, “One Night,” starred Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo, will simultaneously debut on VOD outlets via M!ght Entertainment.

THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia.  He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu), Morris realizes that even though his life is unraveling, it’s also opening up in ways that are long overdue.

“THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS absolutely charmed me,” said Marchetti.  “The characters aren’t phony, the lessons learned aren’t clichéd, and any chance to see a cast like this work together is worth it in my book.  I think this film is going to delight a lot of people come March 23rd.”

“After opening the Newport Beach Film Festival to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd of over 1,100, we knew THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS needed to be seen by audiences in a theater,” said writer/director Michael Knowles. “We’re very excited to be working with Dylan and Variance. Variance’s reputation of hard work and creative marketing is exactly what we are looking for.”

THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS, adapted from the novel “East Fifth Bliss” by Douglas Light, is directed by Michael Knowles, produced by John Ramos and John Will, written by Douglas Light and Michael Knowles, and stars Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Peter Fonda, Lucy Liu, Brad William Henke, Sarah Shahi, and Chris Messina.  The film is a 7A Productions production.  For more information, visit http://www.thetroublewithbliss.comor http://www.facebook.com/thetroublewithbliss

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