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The Happy Sad
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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

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"Sexy and soapy, this modern-day romance about sexually adventurous couples mixing things up is a gem."
‑ Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
"Strong acting and occasional dives into deeper territory redeem this somewhat contrived chamber piece."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"You almost need a score card to keep track of all the coupling, uncoupling, and re-coupling, but the out-of-the-closet antics are amusing enough to intrigue."
‑ Kam Williams, AALBC.com
"It may have the trappings of your everyday NYC indie, but it stands apart for exploring love and lust in a world where sexuality and race aren't the sources of the drama."
‑ Brian Juergens, AfterElton.com
"Evans directs energetically, and the personable actors help to keep us involved, but the picture skims stubbornly along the surface."
‑ Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"Deadly earnestness and sex don't mix well at the movies."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"An intriguing urban subject is completely done in by a dreary, banal script, making you wonder why we should care about these wannabe hipsters."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Ken Urban, adapting his own play, fumbles at injections of urban, and decidedly not urbane, levity, in addition to telegraphing entire subplots."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"An engaging look at a pair of New York couples whose love lives intersect, crisscross, circle and backtrack in hip and provocative ways."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Romantic confusion and youthful insecurity drive "The Happy Sad," a New York relationship roundelay as restless as the city itself."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Despite a fairly obvious metaphor that matters of sexuality are far from "black and white," the film is refreshing in its lack of racial politics. But, despite very good performances, the movie falls short."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
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