A Quick Review: The Happy Sad

By OckyDub | Posted Apr 29 2014 | 9 Comments  

2162265_origThe 2004 film Crash has ruined independent films for decades to come; why? The answer is because the characters’ stories in the Academy Award winning film are masterfully intertwined and intersect to a climatic conclusion. Since then, many web series creators, independent film writers and directors have all used the interweaving and coincidental happenstances within their plot lines. This style is heavily relied upon in the film The Happy Sad.

Directed by Rodney Evans the film is an adaptation of the Ken Urban stage play. Two couples, both with problems are attempting to navigate the next chapter in their respective relationships. The thing is, these strangers (and their side pieces) who live in the metropolis of New York just happen to keep bumping into one another at the restaurant, the subway, the bar and even at each other’s homes. You would think the story takes place in a small town and not a large city.

Marcus and Aaron, the black gay couple, (played by LeRoy McClain and Charlie Barnett) decide after six years of monogamy, they want to explore the freedoms of having an open relationship. Stan and Annie, (played by Cameron Scoggins and Sorel Carradine) the white straight couple, are also at a cross roads and Annie needs some time a part. The next hour and some change is a bunch of sad horny 20 somethings interchanging and swapping sex partners until we get to a Crash like conclusion.

For the sentimental types, this film could be an okay date night or conversation starter film; however if you’re tired of the Crash knock offs, I suggest you pass. I can see how The Happy Sad may have been successful as a stage play but as a film…meh. If you have some spare time you can check out The Happy Sad now streaming on Netflix.

Cypher Avenue Rating: 2 of 5      
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  1. Nick Delmacy | April 29th, 2014

    Black Gay Films don’t stand a chance on this website, smh…Y’all are some haters!!! LOL. Seriously though, I still want to see this…because the cast looks good…and the director’s previous film, Brother To Brother, was pretty decent as well…

  2. Jronn
    Jronn | April 29th, 2014

    It was ok…I didn’t hate it. Still waiting for the twist…but eh at least it passed the time at work

  3. se711 | April 29th, 2014

    Didn’t know it was a stage play. Just saw this last week, I liked it though. Something to watch on a Saturday night. To me just goes to show why going the open relationship route isn’t really a good idea.

  4. Asif Slamat
    Asif Slamat | April 30th, 2014


  5. Rick
    Richard Chatters | May 1st, 2014

    I saw it a few weeks ago, it was ok… it had a better story then most gay web series stuff, and was well acted. but it left me with too many open questions when it was over. and ended to nicely after all the drama.

  6. Deacon
    Deacon CJ | May 1st, 2014

    I liked it, Happy Sad was very thought provoking with good performances…

  7. bpaisle
    Byron P. | May 5th, 2014

    I just caught this on Netflix and it was okay. I thought the acting was pretty good but the story line left a lot to be desired. The intertwining stories did not make sense a few times but overall I thought that it was worth checking out.

  8. bjincali . | May 12th, 2014

    Blah blah moments happened all up and through this movie with a few “bitch pleases” thrown in so slow people could keep up and smart people would stay awake. Open relationship? “Baby, you know I love you right…let’s open this thing up we got goin?” Go sit down…in the corner facing the wall and think about what you just said. Go on…GO! There was no turning back after that. The movie did not disappoint my expected misery. But I held on and watched the whole thing. So something was done right, I just can’t put my finger on what.

  9. Kareem | June 4th, 2014

    I love the movie

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