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Happiness Runs (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 May 2010 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joni Barth ...
Rachel's Mom
Victor's Father
Little Mackie
Chad's Dad
Gregorio ...
Sam (as Zia Harris)
Loni LiPuma ...
Rachel's Friend
Victor's Mother
Chad's Mom


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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$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,674, 9 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,051, 16 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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Ignore the low rating here
25 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film. It gave a pretty good view of what it is like growing up in a cult. The confusion and power structures were really well explored in this movie. I cant believe it only has a rating of 4.9, that is far far lower than the rating this movie deserves.

The focus of the movie centers on the youngsters involved in a cult, whose inhabitants are tucked away in what could be anywhere in middle America. The acting is superb considering their age. There is a nice magic realism type feeling to this that rings true. I recommend it for anyone wanting a teenager's view on growing up in a cult.

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