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
Written by Michael Knowles
Based on The Trouble with Bliss
by Douglas Light
Music by Daniel Alcheh
Cinematography Ben Wolf
Edited by Chunwoo Kae
Distributed by 7A Productions
Release date
  • 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, a 35-year-old man who lives with his widowed father, faces poor job prospects. When he falls into a romantic relationship with the 18-year-old daughter of a former classmate, his life begins to unravel.


Box office performance[edit]

According to Box Office Mojo, The Trouble with Bliss' opening weekend gross was $4,619. The film has made $13,093 as of April 26, 2012.[3]

Critical response[edit]

The film received positive reviews from 29% of 17 surveyed critics, with an average score of 4.4/10 at Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator.[4] Metacritic scored the film a "generally unfavorable" aggregation of 38 out of 100 after 12 critics' reviews, signifying "generally unfavorable reviews".[5]


The Trouble with Bliss won Best Narrative Feature at the 2011 San Diego Film Festival.[6] It was the opening night film at the 2011 Naples International Film Festival and the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival.[7][8]

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. ^ "The Trouble with Bliss - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  4. ^ "The Trouble with Bliss". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  5. ^ "The Trouble with Bliss". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ Albers, Katherine; BRITTANY Shammas, Brittany (2011-11-03). "Opening of Naples International Film Festival showcases community's cultural diversity". Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  8. ^ "WORLD PREMIERE OF 'EAST FIFTH BLISS'". Newport Beach Film Fest. Retrieved 2012-08-14.

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