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The Happiest Place on Earth (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 27 February 2015 (USA)
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A daycare teacher's dreams of a home and family of her own are threatened by the loss of her husband's newspaper job and his subsequent disappearance.

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John Goshorn

Writer:

John Goshorn
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Faith Ward ... Maggie Price
Tom Kemnitz Jr. ... Jonah Price
Marco DiGeorge ... Evan Sterling
Peg O'Keef Peg O'Keef ... Ellen Thomas
Chris Lindsay ... Detective Darrell Jenkins
Daniel Wachs ... Don Mason
Carmen Serrano Giubilei Carmen Serrano Giubilei ... Carmen Sanchez
J. Dennis Marsico ... Phil Randall
Karen LeBlanc Karen LeBlanc ... Melanie Patton
Tony Riha Tony Riha ... Morty
Janelle Figueroa Janelle Figueroa ... Lacey Boothe
Leon Salem ... Arnold Wallace (voice)
Suzie DeBusk Suzie DeBusk ... Peggy Frazier (voice)
Robb Maus ... Nick Chambers (voice)
Bernie Ask ... Bernard Whitehead (voice)
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As the film opens, Jonah and Maggie are in the process of buying their first home, picking out one that feels perfect to start a family. They move in, riding a wave of satisfaction at opening the next chapter in their lives. But it doesn't last. Days after moving in, the newspaper where Jonah works makes job cuts, his position among them. They try to muddle through and hold on to their dream. Maggie picks up a waitressing gig to supplement her daycare job, and Jonah tries desperately to find work and renegotiate the terms of their mortgage, to no avail. And trying to compete in a dying industry and a saturated job market, his opportunities are severely limited. After a particularly humiliating interview and another round of bad news about the mortgage, Jonah is at his wit's end. He heads to the coast to regroup, but never returns home. He is presumed to have drowned while kayaking in the ocean, but no one is certain. Maggie is left to pick up the pieces while weighing her grief, her ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Mystery

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Not Rated

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USA

Language:

English

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27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Winter Springs, Florida, USA See more »

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$15,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Fantastic Performances
1 April 2015 | by CharlesHSutterSee all my reviews

John Goshorn's feature film debut as a director manages to do something that even the most established directors shoot for, it puts a human (and tragic) face on the country's recent economic downturn. In less capable hands this morality tale might be too preachy, or overwrought, but we never find ourselves scolded by the film. Maggie and Jonah want take part in the American dream. They want to own a house. And so they buy a house, but for them, like for so many others that house becomes a noose around their necks when Jonah looses his job at the newspaper. Seeing no other options Jonah makes the ultimate sacrifice to help provide for Maggie. Jennifer Faith Ward and Tom Kemnitz Jr as Maggie and Jonah respectively are incredibly engaging and breathe life into their characters in way that reminds us of early Cassavetes. In fact, that filmmaker is the one that seems to have been this production's patron saint. Goshorn seems completely willing to enclose us in the claustrophobia of realism no matter how uncomfortable or horrific it may be for Maggie and Jonah, or for us.


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