Strange Brand of Happy
For Ages 12 and Over
Limited Theatrical Release – After losing his job David is pushed by his roommate to hire a life coach named Joyce. A decision aided in part by how pretty David finds this life coach, but also a desire to get unstuck in life. When Joyce invites him to join the volunteer group she takes to a retirement home David discovers his manipulative ex-boss, William, is part of the group and interested in Joyce as well.
The motley crew of retirees instantly recognize the potential for drama with this love triangle. A wily old man goads the boys to battle for Joyce. As a result, David begrudgingly agrees to go to an open mic night Joyce holds for people to ponder the existence of God. It’s there that a poet says a few things that cause David’s head to tilt and move him a little further down the path of finding himself. The problem is the ungentlemanly competition he’s still in with William. When that turns extreme, David makes a decision that nearly ruins his dual-level progress with Joyce. He’s then forced to turn to the only community he has left, the ragtag band of retirees who point him in the direction of true north.
Rebecca St. James is quite good as the lead in this film. She plays Joyce, a woman who winds up pursued by a couple of men including David and his boss who manipulates David’s schedule so as to spend time with Joyce. The movie is a comedy with some dramatic points being made. The fact that David’s landlord, Terry, who lives right next to him, likes him, complicates matters.
Each person has something unique about himself/herself and each personality is original in some way. In another nice scene a woman comments that we cannot always understand God; for example if she stood above ants they would not understand her. David admits that he used to never really give God much thought, but that changes by film’s end.
We are recommending this one for ages twelve plus, due to a few sophisticated themes and mild innuendos. Enjoy the laughter and this movie just might remind you to look for God’s creativity in the people you meet every day.