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Happiness Runs (2010)

| Drama | 7 May 2010 (USA)
A young man named Victor realizes the shortcomings of the Utopian ideals on the hippie commune where he was raised. Victor's mother is funding the commune where the guru Insley hypnotizes ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joni Barth ...
Rachel's Mom
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Jenny
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Victor's Father
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Little Mackie
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Pete
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Nancy
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Jake
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Chad's Dad
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Hypnotist
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Becky
Greg Harris ...
Sam (as Zia Harris)
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Loni LiPuma ...
Rachel's Friend
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Victor's Mother
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Chad's Mom
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A young man named Victor realizes the shortcomings of the Utopian ideals on the hippie commune where he was raised. Victor's mother is funding the commune where the guru Insley hypnotizes and seduces women with a technique he calls "running." Insley manipulates the minds of these women so that they give him their bodies and all their worldly possessions. Victor's childhood love, Becky, returns to take care of her deathly ill father. Victor, haunted by visions of Becky's death, is desperate to save her and himself by escaping from the polygamous cult. Preoccupied with Insley's free love philosophy, the adults of the community overlook the painful reality that the self destructive behavior of their children is most certainly due to early exposure to sex and drugs. To afford an escape, Victor tries to sell weed but is cut out by rivals competing for Becky's affection. Finally, Victor is torn between getting money from his mother who is entirely under Insley's influence, dealing with the ... Written by Strand Releasing

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Generation Lost

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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$2,674 (USA) (7 May 2010)

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$6,051 (USA) (14 May 2010)
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Becky: They never planned for the future. They weren't supposed to get old and we were never supposed to grow up. The lost, the unwanted, and the abused came here with the purest of intentions, to build a place where there would be no rules, other than a peaceful existence. There are no couples for them. For them, there is only the moment. They tried to raise us to be perfect in their perfect new world and for a moment, maybe it worked. But I think they finally saw their own shortsightedness and ...
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We Are the One
Written by Penelope Houston, Greg Ingraham, Daniel O'Brien and James Wilsey
Performed by The Avengers
By arrangement with Penelope Houston
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interesting young actors
1 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Victor (Mark L. Young) is a young man growing up in a hippie commune. His mother (Andie MacDowell) gives all of her fortune to the group led by guru Insley (Rutger Hauer). Victor has a crush on the sexual Becky (Hanna Hall). She hangs out with Chad (Jesse Plemons) doing and selling drugs. Jake and others are also pushing into the drug trade. Victor wants to take Becky away from the chaos.

This indie has three good young actors. Mark L. Young is a fine lead. Hanna Hall has a dangerous charismatic sexuality. Jesse Plemons has a great edge to him. He's not overly menacing but he has an interior explosiveness. With these and other solid actors, writer/director Adam Sherman needs to construct a narrative and cohesive story around them. The rambling chaos takes over and the movie functionally fails.


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