What could possibly be the worst part about breaking into Hollywood? The long hours, the stressful auditions, the tiny checks, the constant competition, the lack of support? How about all of that stuff, coupled with a very unexpected revelation about your far more successful partner?
Such is the problem at the heart of Tom Gould and John Serpe’s “The Happys,” which stars Amanda Bauer (“The Myth of the American Sleepover”) as a sunny Midwesterner looking to make it big in the entertainment industry, an already pie-in-the-sky plan made all the worse by the realization that her “movie star” boyfriend is just not that into her. (Or, to be more specific, just not into any women.)
As Bauer’s Tracy tries to come to terms with her turned-topside life, she finds friendship and hope in her quirky neighbors in sunny Los Feliz (AKA “The Happys,” kind of), including Janeane Garofalo in the “wacky landlady/former child star” role she was born to play. Think of it like “Melrose Place,” but everyone is actually really, really nice to each other.
The film has enjoyed a hearty festival run, including runs at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it picked up the Grand Prize: Alternative Spirt Award, and the St. Louis International Film Festival, along with planned premieres at the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Oxford Film Festival.