The Happy Sad (2013)



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Two young couples in New York-one black and gay, one white and heterosexual-find their lives intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity, and redefine monogamy. (c) Official Facebook
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Leroy McClain
as Marcus
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Critic Reviews for The Happy Sad

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

Sexy and soapy, this modern-day romance about sexually adventurous couples mixing things up is a gem.

Full Review… | August 19, 2013
San Jose Mercury News
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Evans directs energetically, and the personable actors help to keep us involved, but the picture skims stubbornly along the surface.

Full Review… | August 19, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
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An engaging look at a pair of New York couples whose love lives intersect, crisscross, circle and backtrack in hip and provocative ways.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Strong acting and occasional dives into deeper territory redeem this somewhat contrived chamber piece.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
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Deadly earnestness and sex don't mix well at the movies.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
New York Post
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Romantic confusion and youthful insecurity drive "The Happy Sad," a New York relationship roundelay as restless as the city itself.

August 15, 2013
New York Times
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The Miserably Sad would have been a better title for this exercise in bitterness.

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LeRoy McClain: One of the elements of Ken Urban's script that I found so compelling is the complexity of Marcus' emotional journey. For me, the reason why Marcus is so easily persuaded to accept Aaron's proposition of an open relationship at the beginning of the film is that Marcus is coming to terms with his own concept of permanence. He an Aaron have been together for six years in a loving and durable relationship and part of that fact scares him. What does it mean to be with someone forever? To love someone as much as you love yourself? What happens when you start to lose your sense of identity in the collective nature of the relationship? What does it mean to turn 30? Marcus is grappling with all of these questions and opening up the relationship allows him to release some of the pressure and anxiety he is feeling. Ironically, it is the fact that he loves Aaron so completely that drives him towards the idea of an open relationship. The seemingly contradictory nature of Marcus' feelings towards Aaron and their relationship and the way he navigates his way through those conflicting emotions pulled me in right away... READ MORE

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