Money Buys Happiness

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  • Summary: Part absurdist comedy, part realist character study, this film chronicles an intertwined odyssey - the dance of two lovers growing in different directions, each at a different pace, and their attempts to rediscover each other. (Two Boots Pioneer Theater)

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. 75
    Weatherford and Murphy lead a young and bright cast. All in all, Money Buys Happiness shows that Lachow is a director worth keeping an eye on.
  2. Reviewed by: Charles Lyons
    70
    Camera compositions are curious, even poorly framed at times, but helmer's gift is in directing actors and building scenes around physical actions, much like silent filmmakers.
  3. 60
    The Sisyphean ordeal at the heart of the film strongly recalls Roman Polanksi's 1958 short "Two Men and a Wardrobe," while Lachow's loose, improvisatory approach -- as well as the occasional self-indulgence -- feels more like Henry Jaglom.
  4. The restless, selfish, unfriendly people created by Lachow as protagonists only make the movie hard to warm up to. It's more akin to fingernails scraping a blackboard than an updated morality play.
  5. Unless you're struck by the urge to watch strangers work out their petty issues in couples therapy, it's hard to find a compelling reason to sit through Gregg Lachow's irritatingly self-absorbed indie drama.
  6. Lachow goes for cuteness and whimsy every chance he gets, missing a lot more often than he hits.
  7. 20
    About 20 minutes in, it is clear that the couple will emerge as nothing more than crabby yuppies whose articulation of their pouts sounds like the same argument over and over again.

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