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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. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Oct 10, 2011
    75
    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
    60
    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
    60
    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
    40
    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
    33
    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.