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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.Read more ›
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!
shortcut-ted to the point where it drops down to a "b grade" level movie.
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