Bob, Verushka, and the Pursuit of Happiness (2000)



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American independent filmmaker Roger Stigliano directs the low-budget romantic comedy Bob, Verushka & the Pursuit of Happiness, originally shot on 16 mm. Bob Friends (played by co-writer Michael Waite) is a thirtysomething salesman who works two jobs and lives with his sister. He has a dream of opening a fast food restaurant for kids selling only pink and blue food. When his boss (Evan R. Press) tells him to spend a few days with the company's top seller, Stephanie (Gheree O'Bannon), he accidentally gets involved with an eccentric con woman named Verushka (Yelena Danova) instead. She implicates Bob in her daffy get-rich-quick schemes, usually on the wrong side of the law. By the time he figures it all out, he's fallen for her charms.


Critic Reviews for Bob, Verushka, and the Pursuit of Happiness

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Happiness involves a warm gun in a cross-cultural clunker.

Nov 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

An endearing screwball comedy that brings to mind Jonathan Demme's Something Wild.

Nov 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

While Waite's deadpan delivery eases the torture, Stigliano's micro-budget film plays like a preachy relic of the Gorbachev era.

Nov 16, 2004 | Full Review…

Tries to be a new Something Wild; ends up being tamer than tame.

Nov 24, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Though it seems cruel to disparage a scrappy little independent picture that actually has some ideas but a story about the allure of American consumerism demands a seductive gloss that Stigliano can't deliver.

Nov 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Delightfully goofy.

Nov 16, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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