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  • Summary: Happy Life is a low budget dark comedy about the world of techno music. Kieth, a thirty-something trance DJ who’s going through a major crisis. He’s recently been fired from his residency spinning at an upscale tapas restaurant, and, worse, his specialty record store, New York Tunez, is on its last leg. In a final effort to save both his store and reputation he decides to throw an ‘old school’ rave. Unfortunately, contemporary NYC can be a pretty cutthroat place. Faced with hipster music gatekeepers, an aggressive landlord, a crack smoking headlining act, and a general community that could care less about his party, Keith is forced to face the music; the 2000’s are a far cry from the early ‘90’s. (Tilt Pocket)
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  1. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Oct 10, 2011
    First-time writer-director Michael M. Bilandic's tongue-in-cheek, bare-knuckles approach to his ultra-low budget paean to a dying breed is a welcome piece of independent filmmaking.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Oct 11, 2011
    The most spot-on scenes show passive-aggressive hipster clerks snorting at Keith's flyers for a comeback fundraiser rave and a city suffocating on its own cool.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 16, 2011
    Set in cramped apartments and hole-in-the-wall storefronts in the East Village, Michael M. Bilandic's nanobudget comedy Happy Life plays like a poor schlub's "High Fidelity."
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Oct 13, 2011
    The film advances the "let's put on a show" genre into a grim and hopeless direction, just right for hard times. In different hands Happy Life might become a decent movie. Maybe it's best thought of as a demo.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Oct 12, 2011
    The roughness of Happy Life's production values and the inconsistency of its amateur actors would be forgivable if it showed any heart, but this low-budget ramble about techno's glory days instead inspires relief that things have moved on.