Happiness Runs (2010)



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A young man raised in a polygamous cult struggles to escape with his childhood love. Victor (Mark L. Young) may have been raised in a hippie commune, but he never bought into the philosophy laid out by shady guru Insley (Rutger Hauer), who uses a technique called "running" to entrance and seduce his devoted female followers. Becky (Hanna Hall) was fortunate enough to get out of the cult while she was still young, but now her father is terminally ill and she must return to care for him. Victor has always loved Becky, and now he's being haunted by psychic visions of her untimely death. Meanwhile, the adults in the community remain blind to the damage that exposure to sex and drugs has had on their self-destructive offspring. Now Victor wants out, and he wants to take Becky with him. In order to finance their flight, he starts selling pot. When that plan backfires and Becky falls into a downward spiral, Victor resorts to desperate measures in a last-ditch effort to save her life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Mark L. Young
as Victor
Hanna Hall
as Becky
Laura Peters
as Rachel
Andie MacDowell
as Victor's Mom
Rutger Hauer
as Insley
Mark Boone Jr.
as Victor's Dad
Rich Sickler
as Harris
Joseph Castanon
as Little Mackie
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Critic Reviews for Happiness Runs

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

There's more boobs than brains in Adam Sherman's semi-true tale of heedless, bored debauchery

July 6, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine
Top Critic

An astoundingly bad memory piece that blows its potential dramatic heft at every turn.

Full Review… | May 13, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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This strident exposé may gladden the hearts of some anti-'60s conservatives, but it is a shapeless mess steeped in prurience.

May 7, 2010
New York Times
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Rarely has anything so lurid seemed so downright mundane.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
Time Out
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O.K., life without structure or purpose leads to disillusionment and angst, but we knew that already. I'll be darned if I know what deeper lesson we're supposed to learn after suffering through 88 minutes of misery.

May 4, 2010
New York Observer
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The film builds on a fascinating cautionary tale, but doesn't develop its characters past whatever movie-of-the-week crisis each suffers from.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Happiness Runs

Disturbing, uncomfortable, and somehow pervasively dull. I kept waiting for an actual plot to develop, but it never really does.

Dan B
Dan B

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i actually enjoyed this film. centered in a hippie utopia that's not exactly the way of life for the kids growing up in it, lotsa drugs and sex.....but yet this still resembles a white suburban melodrama. tries a little too hard at times but still worth a watch.

JJ Last
JJ Last

This movie is a waste of time. Happiness Runs lacks substance and likable characters. You feel very little sympathy for the characters as they live their wretched lives. All this movie is truly about is sex, drugs, and alcohol. There is not one scene that does not include at least one of these topics. It is often unpredictable, but in its case it is not a good thing because the result is never interesting or a triumph for the character. The other bad thing about this movie is that nothing is truly resolved. This film also tries too hard to be profound causing it seem like a drawn out mess. You should not watch Happiness Runs! 1.8/10

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