A Strange Brand of Happy 2013 PG-13 CC

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After losing his job, David hires a life coach named Joyce. David finds interest in Joyce and when Joyce invites him to join the volunteer group, David discovers his ex-boss is part of the group and interested in Joyce as well.

Starring:
Joe Boyd, Rebecca St. James
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Brad Wise
Starring Joe Boyd, Rebecca St. James
Supporting actors Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Benjamin Keller, Bekka Prewitt, Hunter Shepard, Venida Evans, Joe Stevens, Ashley Palmer, Bobby Rodgers, Holly Walker, Mike Betette, Jimi Bird, Ashley Boehm, Carolyn Clostermeyer, Christopher Day, Scott Docherty, Nick Ghizas, Tom Klostermeyer
Studio Phase 4 Films
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2013
Format: DVD
"A Strange Brand of Happy" (2013 release; 92 min.) brings the story of David (played by Joe Boyd), who in the opening scenes of the movie is being let go from his crappy corporate job. David's roommate Ben gets to know Joyce (played by Rebecca St. James), an Australian life coach/yoga teacher/community volunteer, and before we know it Ben sets up David with Joyce. Later on, we find out that the guy who fired David, is also interested in Joyce. Will Joyce end up with David? or David's ex-boss? or maybe Ben? To tell you much more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: writer-director Brad Wise made this movie into a labor of love, and it shows. The movie is one of those "quirky little movies that could". I found myself thoroughly entertained, and found myself chuckling at the dry sense of humor displayed by the character of David. And what about Rebecca St. James! In her initial scene, she immediately radiates charm, not to mention good looks (she reminds me of Julia Louis-Dreyfus). A good part of the movie plays out at a retirement center, with a bunch of interesting characters, including one played by none other than Shirley "The Partridge Family" Jones. The movie is set in and shot in Cincinnati, and you'll see a bunch of Cincinnati-only names such as Graeter's ice cream, Dewey's pizza, Speckled Bird Café, etc. There is also a delicious soundtrack of indie music sprinkled throughout the movie, featuring among others a number of Cincinnati (Fiction & Fables; The Seedy Seeds; Ellery) and Louisville (Nerves Junior; Cheyenne Mize; Kyle James Hauser) bands; the soundtrack is available here on Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jade Kendall on January 3, 2014
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A strange brand of happy is a much better Faith-friendly film than most Christian films. The message is not explicitly evangelical, but rather raises the question that God not only exists, but cares about your happiness. I look forward to more movies from Rebel Pilgrim Productions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2014
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This was a strange kind of different, so creative. Some powerful moments mixed in with fresh fun. I didn't expect to cry. Nice touch.
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From beginning to end it's an enjoyable film. The acting is all solid and the message, while ~Christian, is subtle enough to not feel preachy. It will make you smile! (it's based in Cincinnati, OH - shooting & production; I make an effort to support 'the little guy' type of production companies and I'm rarely disappointed...they have the guts to stray from the cookie-cutter formulas the rest follow)
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