The Happy Poet
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[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.)"
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"A laid-back green entrepreneur capitalizes on patience and perseverance in his quest to operate a successful organic food cart."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sincerely tells about an underdog geek trying to survive in a world ruled by capitalists."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"If you can swallow the contrived ending, the main course is completely satisfying."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"A diffident, occasionally sly comedy that could have benefitted from a little more energy and range."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"This mumblecore entry sometimes sacrifices ambiguity for the sake of broader, telegraphed, one-note laughs."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"THE HAPPY POET tells a story that could use a little more meat."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"A male variation on Lena Dunham, a meandering, Mumblecore meditation on relationships by a guy with a masters degree and a meatless food stand."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
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