Happiness Runs
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An astoundingly bad memory piece that blows its potential dramatic heft at every turn."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Happiness Runs wears its air-quote truth like a protective cloak, to fend off dismissals of its narrative inadequacies: after all, if it's based on a true story, how could it not be infused with hidden profundity?"
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"An unexpectedly subtle coming-of-age film, Happiness Runs is also something of an allegory for Generation X's conservative reaction against the flower-power excesses of their baby boomer progenitors."
‑ Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
"This strident exposť may gladden the hearts of some anti-'60s conservatives, but it is a shapeless mess steeped in prurience."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The film builds on a fascinating cautionary tale, but doesn't develop its characters past whatever movie-of-the-week crisis each suffers from."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Sherman's macabre dream-fueled imagery elevates the material from solely navel-gazing, but only slightly."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Rarely has anything so lurid seemed so downright mundane."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"There's more boobs than brains in Adam Sherman's semi-true tale of heedless, bored debauchery"
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
""Callow" would be too kind a description of this messy, unoriginal and dull treatise of a filmmaker's youthful years in a commune."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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