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The Happy Sad

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Rodney Evans

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About the Movie

A romantic drama directed by Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother) that focuses on two young NYC couples—one black and gay, one white and straight—whose lives become intertwined. Tired of dating Stan, Annie pretends to be seeing a female co-worker. Heartbroken, Stan finds himself hooking up with Marcus, who just started having an open relationship with his long-term boyfriend, Aaron. As they explore new relationship norms, a chance encounter on a subway platform makes each of them reevaluate their sense of who they are and what they want. The film uses the multi-cultural ensemble to explore the questions that alternative twenty and thirty-year olds face in a culture where there appears to be endless possibilities for sex but also a resistance to any definitive model for a "proper" relationship.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Aug 15, 2013

Fresh: Strong acting and occasional dives into deeper territory redeem this somewhat contrived chamber piece. – Andrew Barker, Variety, Aug 16, 2013

Fresh: 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, Aug 16, 2013

Rotten: Deadly earnestness and sex don't mix well at the movies. – Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, Aug 16, 2013

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Customer Reviews


This movie was just plain awkward.
Plot was kind of "eh" and not really funny which is confusing as to why it's classified as a comedy.
It just looked like a film school project by someone who was trying too hard...


I really liked it! Glad I didn't listen to that review I read. In case anybody's wondering it's about the complexity of relationships, people, and how they handle them. To each their own.

Trite & overwrought . .

wow, this was a big waste of time .. such endearing and in-depth discussions as 'were you the top or bottom in your first homosexual foray' . . and the whole ‘how did this come to be' episodes of the mentally disturbed teacher/girlfriend .. I just thought it was poorly written, moderately acted and wholly unbelievable . . .

The Happy Sad
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

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