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The Happy Poet (2013)

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THE HAPPY POET is an all-organic, mostly vegetarian comedy about Bill, a struggling poet who pours his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting a healthy food stand, surprising friends and customers with his dry wit and offbeat passion. Motivated by help from a rag-tag group of supporters and a budding romance with a poetry-loving customer, Bill strives to make a difference in the world, until surprising complications jeopardize his new friendships and threaten Bill's dreams for a hot

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Paul Gordon

Jun 14, 2013

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[Paul Gordon generates] good-natured humor through earthy characterization and precise observation of what it's like to run a small business. (His editing, which often approximates the rhythm of workaday drudgery, is clever without being cutesy.)

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's hardly slick, but that's the selling point. The Happy Poet approaches the ups and downs of friendship, love, work and life with a disposition that is both sardonic and sunny.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This mumblecore entry sometimes sacrifices ambiguity for the sake of broader, telegraphed, one-note laughs.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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The smiley ending, most likely meant to be ironic, feels tacked on. But the consistent comic tone of those earlier scenes--a gentle squirm--makes The Happy Poet a promising debut.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A cutting edge social satire about vegetarian pushcart power. And how work, or the lack of it, informs our lives. Along with the struggle to survive in hard times, while serving up poetic revenge subversion of the Hollywood happy ending with relish.

January 29, 2014 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
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THE HAPPY POET tells a story that could use a little more meat.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
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A laid-back green entrepreneur capitalizes on patience and perseverance in his quest to operate a successful organic food cart.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If you can swallow the contrived ending, the main course is completely satisfying.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

A male variation on Lena Dunham, a meandering, Mumblecore meditation on relationships by a guy with a masters degree and a meatless food stand.

March 24, 2013
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Sincerely tells about an underdog geek trying to survive in a world ruled by capitalists.

March 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A diffident, occasionally sly comedy that could have benefitted from a little more energy and range.

September 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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