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The Happiest Place on Earth (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 12 December 2017 (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

Release Date:

12 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Winter Springs, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Striking and passionate
14 December 2015 | by Robert LoveSee all my reviews

You can tell from the opening moments that there is an anger and passion driving the film, which is necessary on a film of this scale. Despite it being a smaller movie, the film still manages to be incredibly well shot with striking compositions. It's biggest flaw is its passion for the subject matter, and how it relentlessly moves from one moment to the next. The film, being tight at under 90 minutes, could use more breathing room to let its conflict build to drive the devastation home, but its enthusiasm for the story its telling shows that there's a strong voice at the helm. The good news? Usually films like this are a bit overwrought in its need to get a message across, but the film allows the story to speak for the subject matter rather than blatantly tell you what to think.


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