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Happiness Runs


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  • Actors: Andie MacDowell, Rutger Hauer, Mark L. Young, Hanna Hall, Jessie Plemons
  • Directors: Adam Sherman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M5NSVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Happiness Runs" on IMDb

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A coming-of-age tale, that finds a young man, Victor (Mark L. Young), growing up on a Utopian commune faced with the challenge to either submit to his community's ideals or to escape. Victor's mother (Andie MacDowell) funds the collective where guru Insley (Rutger Hauer) lectures a lifestyle of free love and out-of-body meditations. Spurred by the sudden reappearance of his childhood love Becky (Hanna Hall), Victor creates a desperate plot to save them both and escape the polygamous cult. One part WOODSTOCK, one part LORD OF THE FLIES, director Adam Sherman's semi-autobiographical film, HAPPINESS RUNS, is a cautionary tale about freeing yourself of social constrictions.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Leibson on May 8, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a brilliant and beautiful movie which is truly a real "downer," because it brilliantly depicts a "downer" sub-culture. I'm a therapist, who came of age during the 60s. I've always been interested in the subject of communes and Utopian communities. This film does a great job in showing the ugly underbelly of one of these sorts of commuities; in particular, an "experiment gone wrong."

Because this film was so dark and disturbing, I did not find the film "enjoyable" in the traditional sense. It was, however, beautifully shot, and well-told. I find this to be somewhat in the tradition of Kubrick's "2001," or "Clockwork Orange," (or even the very disturbing Kubrick-Spielberg film "AI").

I certainly am not saying this film-maker has the chops of Kubrick, however, I most definitely am saying that this film-maker shares a kinship with Kubrick (and even shares a favorite theme of Kubrick's, which is despoiled innocence). In any case, through his own artful and disturbing story-telling this director/writer deserves respect for his work. This is a well made film. It should not be neglected by anyone who takes the art of film-making seriously.

As a therapist, I did not find the characters anything but believable. The actors were all good to sufficient for carrying the plot forward. The characters were complex, and well-drawn. The cinematography was beautiful (certainly not of Kubrick's stature, but let's be somewhat realistic about where we set the bar - shall we). True, the narrative was somewhat "chaotic" - as befits the chaotic life-style of the characters in question.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Milan Marzilli on December 3, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I really love this movie. It's not for everyone, obviously. It will be hard to understand or feel anything towards if you don't relate at least a little bit.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander O. Teitz on September 9, 2010
Format: DVD
I'm going to disagree with everyone. I liked this film. It was a different look at the generation after the 60's generation. The film has great technique using different color filters, time lapse and bizarre dream sequences to propel the story along.
I was not overtaken by the actor who plays Victor. He was surrounded by an ensemble of amazing performances. Both Hanna Hall and Laura Peters, Becky & Rachel, were complex characters that were done beautifully. It was also good to see Andie McDowell & Rutger Hauer in such a small film.
The film does have extremes of behavior including sex, drugs, etc...but they only hilight the world the kids have grown up in. I wouldn't discount this film for wanting to give a new view. There are other films of this type around including COMMUNE- a doc, Born in '68 - A French film watching 3 generations grow up. This is a daring piece.
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"Happiness Runs" is an odd title for a movie in which there is NO happiness!!
This is a cult film about....cults.
And one of the WORST movies I've ever spent 90 minutes watching.
"Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and "Plan Nine from Outer Space" are considered the two worst movies ever made.
But they fit into a category of "movies so bad....they're good!".
Well, "Happiness Runs" is not only sick, embarrassing to all who "acted" in it, depraved (A guy burning a cow makes a girl "hot"!!), and totally without redemptive qualities, but it is.....the WORST movie I've ever seen!!
The only "entertaining" aspect of it was that the young whorish female character stays topless half the time!!
Save your $$$$, folks!!
If you want a GREAT "cult" film about cults, buy "Martha Marcy May Marlene", which is everything "Happiness Runs" is NOT!!
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