The Happy Poet
The Happy Poet (2013)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 14, 2013
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

[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.)

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Mike Hale
New York Times

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A laid-back green entrepreneur capitalizes on patience and perseverance in his quest to operate a successful organic food cart.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

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.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

If you can swallow the contrived ending, the main course is completely satisfying.

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

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

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Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

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

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox

A male variation on Lena Dunham, a meandering, Mumblecore meditation on relationships by a guy with a masters degree and a meatless food stand.

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