The Happy Sad: movie review

The Happy Sad

Couplings will be complicated and sexuality will be fluid in Rodney Evans’s drama about Brooklynites caught up in a carnal game of musical chairs. Stan (Cameron Scoggins) and Annie (Sorel Carradine) break up in a restaurant; their waiter, Aaron (Charlie Barnett), and his boyfriend, Marcus (Leroy McClain), have just decided they want to swing. Guess who Marcus hooks up with for his first outside tryst? Or who suddenly decides she may want to explore the Sapphic side of life? Kudos to Evans for making up for the galling lack of gay African-American screen representation while delivering hot-body eroticism, but reducing complex relationship issues to a typical indie-flick blatherathon—complete with performances of varying quality and stilted dialogue—isn’t helping anyone.

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Release details

Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rodney Evans
Cast: Leroy McClain
Cameron Scoggins
Sorel Carradine
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