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Saturday, May 8, 2010

HAPPINESS RUNS

By D.E.Levine

Director: Adam Sherman
Writer: Adam "Sherman
Cast: Hanna Hall, Mark L. Young, Jesse Plemons, Rutger Hauer, Rich Sickler, Mark Boone Jr., Andie MacDowell, Joni Barth, Steven Christopher Parket et al.
Producer: Stephen Israel
Executive Producer: Tatiana Kelly
Associate Producer: Paul Palo and Linda Phillips-Palo
Line Producer: Win Craft
Original Music: Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimk
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Drama

Happiness Runs is an unsettling film that follows the lives of young people born on a rural hippie commune.

While their parents are busy practicing new age rituals, the youngsters are busy drinking, dealing and ingesting pot and having sex.

The film is said to be semiautobiographical since Mr. Sherman grew up in a polygamous hippie cult in Vermont, and many of the unsettling events mentioned are inferred to be true events from Sherman's life.

The aimlessness of their lives is disheartening, especially since the young people don't seem to want to break free, However, the film's protagonist, Victor, does want to leave the commune and seek a different and better life. However, his mother refuses to give him the money to leave and his father is busy and boasting about sleeping with a different woman every night.

The girl for whom he has feelings, Backy, declare that she "belongs to everyone" and sleeps with Victor's friends and enemies.

In the end, the film is depressing rather than uplifting and shows that so-called Utopia doesn't work.