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Strange Brand of Happy

3.1 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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After losing his job David is pushed to hire a life coach named Joyce. David quickly falls for Joyce*but discovers so has his ex-boss William. David finds himself in competition with William*but soon learns he must turn to a rag-tag band of retirees at the retirement home where he volunteers to find true north.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Bridgestone Multimed
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FF9JBYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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"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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Brad Wise pulls together what I like to call, a rare "Napoleon Dynamite" type movie. Sometimes silly, sometimes awkward, and all around very dry... However, it works, and it works well.
I went in to the theater expecting it to be mediocre at best, and found myself laughing pretty hard at moments throughout.
The story is charming, and well played out. Some beautiful shots of Rebel Pilgrim Film's home city of Cincinnati.
Joe Boyd really steals the show from St. James and even Shirley Jones, he is downright hilarious at times, and has the least notoriety of the three. Two time poetry slam champion Anis Mojgani makes an endearing appearance while reciting one of his gorgeous spoken word poems, which is definitely a treat.

The only true con with "Happy" is that the movie as a whole, seems like a compilation of witty scenes that all reference the plot line. It's not that the story is not told well, but often times the scenes will cut pretty quick, which leaves the scene feeling a bit rushed.
However, with the use of some cartooning, the transitions become very unique and enjoyable.

Don't start this film expecting some typical romance film, because it is far from that. I don't even like romance films, but this film does not feel like one at all. This film is an experience of finding who you are, and who you want to be.
Take this beautiful independent film for what it is and you will not be disappointed, I promise you will be just as entertained, if not more so, by this than you would a typical hollywood romance film. This film is charming, and fun, and I don't think you will be disappointed after viewing, once you take it for what it is. An independent film, by an independent film company, in a smaller city like Cincinnati. Taking that into consideration, it's not just pretty good. It's fantastic. It's good indie film making! All around!
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By Mike Packard on September 17, 2015
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Oh so boring of a film. The characters were not very compelling and the actors were not very interesting. I did not watch the entire film, I sped thru it and watched a different film. Some movies just do not grab your attention.
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An engaging Christian-based movie that keeps your attention throughout! No bad language; good moral values. The storyline had one glaring implausibility (an unemployed guy who can't pay the utilities being able to afford to pay a life coach), but overall, it was well done. Well acted, good writing, feel-good kind of story. You could see the ending a mile away, but it was still a good movie. I'd watch other movies produced/directed/written by this team because I have a high appreciation for a "clean" movie. Well done.
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This "Made for TV" movie pacing was slow. The chemistry between the characters seemed to be lacking and some of the plot situations were
shortcut-ted to the point where it drops down to a "b grade" level movie.
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Very nice film, I liked it because it had a genuine positive message at the end and a lighthearted overall mood. I would have liked to see more of the personality and personal past hurts and life challenges from Rebecca St. James that led her to becoming passionate about life coaching although very well done overall.
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