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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 dog-free future. THE HAPPY POET cleverly re-works the classic American film story of the underdog struggling against the system, adding a dose of deadpan humor and a fresh take on a young generation's interest in the intersection of a social conscience and the food we eat. -- (C) Cinema Libre

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Cast

Jonny Mars
as Donnie
Troy Anthony Miller
as Econtainer Salesman
Paul Famighetti
as Ungrateful Customer
Nancy Gresham
as Hot Dog Girl
Frank Veierstahler
as Customer #2
Kelle Austin
as Customer #4
Sean Gallagher
as Vegan Cookie Guy
Matt Muir
as Party Guy #1
David Fabelo
as Party Guy #2
Anika Kunik
as Smoking Woman
Carolyn Gordon
as Bill's Mom
Robie Gay
as Randy
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

[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…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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…
Washington Post
Top Critic

This mumblecore entry sometimes sacrifices ambiguity for the sake of broader, telegraphed, one-note laughs.

September 19, 2010 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

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…
WBAI Radio

THE HAPPY POET tells a story that could use a little more meat.

June 28, 2013 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
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