The Happy Sad
The Happy Sad (2013)

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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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 16, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

Sexy and soapy, this modern-day romance about sexually adventurous couples mixing things up is a gem.

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Andrew Barker

Strong acting and occasional dives into deeper territory redeem this somewhat contrived chamber piece.

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Kam Williams

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.

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

Evans directs energetically, and the personable actors help to keep us involved, but the picture skims stubbornly along the surface.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Deadly earnestness and sex don't mix well at the movies.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

An intriguing urban subject is completely done in by a dreary, banal script, making you wonder why we should care about these wannabe hipsters.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

An engaging look at a pair of New York couples whose love lives intersect, crisscross, circle and backtrack in hip and provocative ways.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Romantic confusion and youthful insecurity drive "The Happy Sad," a New York relationship roundelay as restless as the city itself.

Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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.

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jay nixon
The Miserably Sad would have been a better title for this exercise in bitterness.