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Happy Endings?

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2.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Product Description

An intriguing exploration of the Asian massage parlor industry in Providence, RI, where a 25 year-old loophole has made the exchange of sex for money legal as long as it happens behind closed doors.
As the documentary follows a recent Korean immigrant, Heather , working to operate her spa, the city's mayor fights to change the law that allows her business a legal existence.
The film includes interviews with Korean women who work in spas, clients who frequent the spas, politicians from 1980 and today, police, local news footage, radio call-in shows and voiced reviews from internet escort review boards.
DVD Extras Film Maker Commentary Additional Interviews Deleted Scenes Chapter Index Two Theatrical Trailers

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After watching Tara Hurley's rousing documentary, Happy Endings?, I feel like stomping on to the front lawn of Providence s City Hall, and burning my bra...In the end, I truly hope Hurley is already tinkering away on her next expose. She has a brain, and a heart two elements this nation sorely needs behind its cameras. --Angela Mac, The Plot Hole.

Hurley spent four years of her life following a few of these women, their managers (or pimps), interviewing politicians and law enforcement, and her four years was well spent. She manages to bring to light a very serious issue that is frequently swept under the rug, and kept out of sight. She examines the double standard that law enforcement adheres to when arresting the masseuse but not the John. But most of all, she manages to remind us that the women who claim prostitution as their profession are not statistics, or stories to be heard on the nightly news, they re real women, with a face, and history and a story. --Blake Griffin, Bitchin Film Reviews

Happy Endings? has no answers, but brings up better questions. It s a film that gives a voice to a group of women who are much talked about, but seldom heard. With heart and objectivity, and with courage, Tara Hurley walked through the doors and let the women speak. We have to listen to them if we want to help. --Nancy Green, Kmareka

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  • Actors: The Women of the Asian Masage Parlors in Rhode Island where Prositution is legal, David Cicilline (Providence Mayor), Senator Rhoda Perry, Rep. JoAnne Gianinni, Providence Police Vice
  • Directors: Tara Hurley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: It's Not Easy Productions
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002KBIIPQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,035 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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