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Happy Is Not Hard to Be (2005)

 |  Drama  |  15 August 2005 (USA)
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HAPPY IS NOT HARD TO BE follows the lives of a diverse group of family and friends in Los Angeles, whose paths intersect at a time of personal turmoil and uncertainty. Reflecting the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Robert Benjamin ...
Bobby "Aces", Theater Actor
Cecil Castellucci ...
Flint Esquerra ...
Julie Gawkowski ...
Julie, Theater Actor
Chuma Hunter-Gault ...
Rachel Levy ...
Rachel, Theater Actor
John Sharkey ...
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HAPPY IS NOT HARD TO BE follows the lives of a diverse group of family and friends in Los Angeles, whose paths intersect at a time of personal turmoil and uncertainty. Reflecting the discontented melting pot of Los Angeles itself, this modern family struggles to find harmony when new and old faces enter their lives. NIKKI is living in the shadow of the country's foremost expert on happiness-her mother, MAGGIE-and blames her lonely and miserable existence on a woman who finds happy escape at the end of a marijuana pipe. Her younger sister, CHRISTINE, remains blissfully ignorant to worries and problems, even when her ex-husband, BOAZ moves back into town with a beautiful new wife, RUTH, in tow. Boaz's reunion with his old friends and family in Los Angeles throws Ruth's life into turmoil as jealously fans feelings of isolation in her new surroundings, which is not the paradise she thought it would be. At the same time, Christine and Nikki's playwright brother, FLINT, contends with ... Written by Anonymous

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The script was written by allowing all of the actors to decide what type of person they wanted to play and what that person would want to quit. After workshopping with the writer/director and the actors, the script was written in a style that would allow for improvisation on set for what felt right in the moment. See more »

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actually independent
1 November 2005 | by (Salt Lake City, UT) – See all my reviews

This is a great little independent film in the vein of Robert Altman or P.T. Anderson, only shorter (88 restrained minutes!) and without tragedy ensuing at every turn. Maybe Nicole Holofcener's movies (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing) would make for a better comparison, because this film definitely has the woman's touch and not quite so much testosteroney angst. Writer/director/actress Cecil Castelucci is a working artist with many talents - her credits include songwriter, author of young adult fiction, and performance artist. No, it isn't the first movie about a handful of intertwining lives in L.A., and it won't be the last, but it's definitely one of the more watchable. I hope to see more from this director!

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