Movies Worth Watching: Happy

by , posted on June 14th, 2012 in home, Movies Worth Watching




You know I’m kind of a movie dork right? I’m going to lump Dave in with me on this one. He’s an even bigger movie dork. Now he makes a living making films. Which, honestly? Still pretty much blows my mind. Photographer and filmmaker. These were NOT titles he held when I met him. He worked at the big red K, little blue m-a-r-t when I met him. Meanwhile, I was a dishwasher in a crappy restaurant. Man, we’ve been together a long time.

I love movies. When I’m feeling in a creative lull or just blue, I’ll fire up netflix and see what looks good. I scroll through my ‘suggestion’ lists to see what strikes my fancy. There are boatloads of titles that fall into one of two categories—the two I watch most often: classics and documentaries.

It’s true. I’m not only a movie dork, I’m a documentary movie dork. Wait, what’s that noise? I hear snoring. Did I just bore you to sleep?

Wake up because I have a ton of documentary recommendations for you. I promise, they’re good ones. Seriously. I’m going to start with one Dave and I watched a couple weeks ago called Happy. The premise? Filmmaker Roko Belic wants to discover if there’s a formula for happiness.

I don’t want to ruin anything for you so I’ll let you watch the film for yourself. But there are a couple things I want to say:

1. You can watch this with your kids. In fact, I recommend you do. It’s probably best for kids ages eight and up, although I’d watch it with my 7 year old.

2. The stories are well crafted and the interviews are engaging. And I’m not alone. 78% of audiences loved it too.

3. You can buy the movie for $20.00 or download it from iTunes for $10. It’s a great couch-date night movie. Set the iPad or laptop on the coffee table, fix yourselves a drink and a bowl of popcorn and enjoy. It may just change the way you view happiness.

Have you already seen the movie, what did you think?


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2 Responses to “Movies Worth Watching: Happy”

  1. Sandra Says:

    June 14th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Okay, we just MIGHT be twins. I’d go to Hot Docs Festival every year I lived in Toronto. And I remember seeing Hoop Dreams for the first time. Blown away. Love docs and please please make this a series!

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  2. Joya Says:

    June 14th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Will have to watch. I love happy. Jen you have a lot of twins :) and Dave- tell Dave I worked at Lowes in the summers when Aaron and I started dating.

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