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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.


John Goshorn


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)


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


Not Rated

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Release Date:

12 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Winter Springs, Florida, USA See more »


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$15,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Flawless acting and cinematography
12 February 2017 | by jane-72988See all my reviews

The acting and directing of this film were exceptional. Having heard from the director that only natural lighting and fixtures were used, that makes the film all the more impressive.

There were a couple of lines that seemed misplaced and it seemed to drag a bit in some places, but that's nothing one more edit couldn't amend.

All in all, a touching story, heartfelt acting, great directing and cinematography. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film. I would recommend for anyone interested in film or just the human condition to watch this.

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