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Happy (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama, Family | 3 July 2013 (Belgium)
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Happy takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.


Roko Belic


Roko Belic





Cast overview, first billed only:
Marci Shimoff Marci Shimoff ... Narrarator
Ed Diener Ed Diener ... Himself
Richard Davidson Richard Davidson ... Himself
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ... Himself
Sonja Lyubomirsky Sonja Lyubomirsky ... Herself
Daniel Gilbert Daniel Gilbert ... Himself
Gregory Berns Gregory Berns ... Himself
P. Read Montague P. Read Montague ... Himself
The Dalai Lama ... Himself
Matthieu Ricard Matthieu Ricard ... Himself
Nic Marks Nic Marks ... Himself
Tim Kasser Tim Kasser ... Himself
Andy Wimmer Andy Wimmer ... Himself
Jamal Jamal ... Himself
Chikanobu Okamura Chikanobu Okamura ... Himself


HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. Written by Wadi Rum Films, Inc

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Release Date:

3 July 2013 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

San Jose, California, USA

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1.78 : 1
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


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OK, but some serious flaws
11 March 2019 | by dashforcoverSee all my reviews

While I enjoyed some of this film, a couple of things bothered me. Judging from the narrator speaking English, the audience of this film was primarily people who speak English. It is inexcusable in 2011 to not have interpretation either with voice over or subtitles of the non-English portions. Glad the people from India, Okinawa, and other non-English speaking people spoke to the cameras. It might have been useful to know what you were talking about.

The other thing that concerned me was the likelihood of the ultra rich to say "we don't need to pay you a living wage. It won't make you any happier anyway." They only briefly mention "once basic needs are met". So I can see this film joining the fake theory of trickle down economics to become part of the "arguments of justification: used by that group to explain to themselves why it's OK to holding on to more and more of the wealth.

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