The Trouble with Bliss

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The Trouble with Bliss
The Trouble with Bliss Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Knowles
Produced by Michael Knowles
Douglas Matejka
John Ramos
John Ramos
Screenplay by Michael Knowles
Douglas Light (Novel)
Starring Michael C. Hall
Chris Messina
Brie Larson
Peter Fonda
Lucy Liu
Music by Daniel Alcheh
Cinematography Ben Wolf
Edited by Chunwoo Kae
Distributed by 7A Productions
Release date(s)
  • March 23, 2012 (2012-03-23)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $13,093[1]

The Trouble with Bliss (formerly titled East Fifth Bliss) is an American drama film released on March 23, 2012 in the United States.[1][2]


Morris Bliss, 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 and the premature death of his mother is still present and has left him emotionally "walled up". He finds himself in an odd relationship with the 18-year-old daughter of a former classmate. This is followed up by Morris discovering his static life unraveling and opening up.[3]


Box office performance[edit]

According to Box Office Mojo, The Trouble with Bliss' opening weekend gross was $4,618. The film has made $13,093 as of April 26, 2012.[4]

Critical response[edit]

The film scored a meager 25% based on 16 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. The audience scored the film 37%.[5] Metacritic scored the film a "generally unfavorable" aggregation of 38 out of 100.[6]


The Trouble with Bliss won Best Narrative Feature at the 2011 San Diego Film Festival.[7] It was the opening night film at the 2011 Naples International Film Festival and the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival.[8][9]

The film was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Editing at the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "The Trouble with Bliss (2012)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (2012-03-23). "A Deadbeat, He’ll Never Live Up to His Name". Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Plot Summary for 'The Trouble with Bliss'". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  4. ^ "The Trouble with Bliss - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  5. ^ "The Trouble with Bliss". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  6. ^ "The Trouble with Bliss". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
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  8. ^ Albers, Katherine; BRITTANY Shammas, Brittany (2011-11-03). "Opening of Naples International Film Festival showcases community's cultural diversity". Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  9. ^ "WORLD PREMIERE OF 'EAST FIFTH BLISS'". Newport Beach Film Fest. Retrieved 2012-08-14.

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