State College, PA has long been known as “Happy Valley” for the idyllic area that’s home to Penn State University and its vaunted NCAA football program. Led for over 40 years by revered head coach Joe Paterno, PSU's football team was lauded both for its successes on the field and in the classroom. But in November 2011 Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was shockingly charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse and the resulting firestorm unleashed uncomfortable questions and accusations, and ultimately cost Coach Paterno his job.
Filmed over the year following Sandusky’s arrest, Amir Bar-Lev’s HAPPY VALLEY conducts an engrossing investigation into the aftermath of the unspeakable crimes, deconstructing the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale.
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Sober, even-handed, and quietly devastating, Happy Valley illuminates the wreckage of a tragedy while leaving viewers room to draw their own conclusions.