Happiness Runs

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  • Summary: One part Woodstock and one part Lord of the Flies, this semi-autobiographical film tells the story of Victor, a neglected child of parents living on a commune. Helpless to resist the atmosphere of sex and drugs that permeates their world, Victor and his promiscuous girlfriend are also smartOne part Woodstock and one part Lord of the Flies, this semi-autobiographical film tells the story of Victor, a neglected child of parents living on a commune. Helpless to resist the atmosphere of sex and drugs that permeates their world, Victor and his promiscuous girlfriend are also smart enough to know that if they are ever going to survive in the real world, they will have to get out. As smart and sexy as it is unnerving, Happiness Runs is a cautionary tale about freeing yourself of social constrictions. (Strand Releasing) Expand

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  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. 60
    Loosely based on writer-director Adam Sherman's similar cult upbringing and disillusionment, the film builds on a fascinating cautionary tale, but doesn't develop its characters past whatever movie-of-the-week crisis each suffers from.
  2. We get the broad strokes of how the hippies corrupted their own movement, but there isn't a single lead character we'd give a dollar to on Haight Street.
  3. The kids' story gets out of control, but Andie MacDowell is a pleasantly earthy mess as Victor's out-of-it mother, and familiar New York faces (Ann Magnuson, Mark Boone Jr., Richard Edson) lend quirky support as the out-of-it elders.
  4. 25
    As the film builds to a feverish hysteria, you have to work hard to keep from laughing.
  5. Sherman based this obtuse psychosexual dystopia on his own hippie upbringing; the result is virtually teeming with bitter resentment for the drug-addled parent collective that inadvertently turned his adolescence into a chapter from "Lord of the Flies."
  6. An overwrought and undernourished drama.
  7. This strident exposé may gladden the hearts of some anti-’60s conservatives, but it is a shapeless mess steeped in prurience. Its grain of truthfulness, however, is just enough to leave you unsettled in the pit of your stomach.

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