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.