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The Happy Sad

by Kilian Melloy
Wednesday Mar 19, 2014
The Happy Sad

Two couples explore sex and sexuality, monogamy and open relationships, and general 20-something confusion about life and love in director Rodney Evan's comic/dramatic romp "The Happy Sad."

One couple, Stan (Cameron Scoggins) and Annie (Sorrel Carradine), takes some time out from their relationship when Annie feels a need for a break. But will that lead to a breakup? Annie and her female work colleague Mandy (Maria Dizzia, now famed for "Orange is the New Black") tentatively explore the possibility of a deeper relationship, even as Stan spirals into a series of gay hookups with Marcus (LeRoy McClain). Here, too, complications lurk: Marcus and his boyfriend, Aaron (Charlie Barnett, "Gayby") have been together for six years, and they've decided to open things up -- but this is an experiment apt to take all of those involved to places they aren't ready to go.

The DVD release from Ariztical Entertainment offers a small slate of extras, including on-set actor interviews with Scoggins, McClain, and Dizzia; two extended scenes (neither of them remarkable); and footage documenting a recording session with Scoggins' band, The Whiskey Collection. This breezy charmer is worth adding to your DVD shelf, if only for its easy charms and those of the cast.


Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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