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Drawn into a menacing underground world of the New Orleans elite while searching for her missing sister, Muriel (Shalom Harlow), Amelia (Liane Balaban) is aided in her investigation by ex-CIA agent Bill (Clarence Williams III) in this effort from Nadja director Michael Almereyda. Soon discovering mysterious webcam footage on Muriel's laptop computer that will seemingly aid them in finding Amelia's sister, the duo is confronted with shifting identities in a scene where no one is quite who they appear to be on the surface. An obscure and disturbing study in the nature of avatars in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The future is quieter, emotionally subdued and grayly mysterious, at least in the small hop forward imagined by filmmaker Michael Almereyda."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"Michael Almereyda's futuristic mystery isn't a complete misfire, but it does leave you with the same baffled blankness that suffuses his isolated, techno-dependent characters."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Murky and humorless."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Even if you're not quite down with Almereyda's digital-age existentialism, he has impeccable taste in music."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Almereyda is tripped up by this grab at cosmic profundity, and lands in a sticky puddle of pretension."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"This is a droll, laid-back film noir steeped in Crescent City atmosphere and music that culminates in the colliding worlds of genuine and virtual reality."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A bit too mannered to engage."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The film is resolutely committed to its affectations of deepness and meaningfulness, but all it imparts is a sense of tediousness."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The dialogue is much like a bull session in a college dorm room, right before the munchies set in."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"To make an inexact analogy, 'Happy Here and Now' is to New Orleans as 'Mystery Train' was to Memphis..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Michael Almereyda's muddled Happy Here and Now should have stayed on the shelf -- where it's been gathering dust for several years."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Mourning and gloom weigh upon most of the characters in Michael Almereyda's convoluted and numbingly pretentious Happy Here and Now"
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Casts an undeniable and lingering spell for those who enjoy their cinema spiked with adventure and philosophy."
‑ Brent Simon, Now Playing Magazine
"A rich kaleidoscope of sights and sounds that sing out in their vitality."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"While technically brilliant and gorgeous to watch, Happy Here and Now feels as unfocused and uneven as it is ambitious and intellectually frustrating."
‑ Jon Alon Walz, Boxoffice Magazine
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