Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy in the Valley DVD Review

***Complimentary product received in exchange for an honest review***

 Indican Pictures, has secured exclusive rights to the priceless comedy “Happy in the Valley” starring acclaimed actor William Forsythe.  The film’s well rounded cast includes veteran actress Dee Wallace (E.T.), Shaun Sipos (Texas Chainsaw 3D), Tiffany Shepis (A Beer Tale), and Lew Temple (The Walking Dead)

“We loved this dark twisted tale which reflects the craziness of reality television and is reminiscent of real life. The entire cast has incredible chemistry and the film is filled with non-stop hilarious moments throughout,” said Randolph Kret, VP of Indican Pictures. "‘Forsythe, Wallace, Sipos and the entire cast lure you into their wicked world."

This edgy, dark comedy set deep in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley follows Stewart Fox (Forsythe), a 50-something photographer, whose days as a premiere chronicler of rock-n-roll greats is long over. As Stewart races to what may be his final bottom, he drags along a reclusive alcoholic neighbor (Dee Wallace), a lonely detective (Lew Temple) and his irate sidekick (Shaun Sipos). Redemption may be right around the corner; however, it's just not for everybody!

Indican Pictures will release “Happy in the Valley” to consumers starting February 26 in rental stores, retail chains, including 180 million homes on Video On Demand throughout North America.

 My Thoughts

This is one of those Indie Films that will really take you by surprise. A young photographer named Wade is down on his luck and finds employment with a man who shoots erotic photos for a living. Stewart Fox was once a young dreamer himself and can relate to Wade's desire for a more kosher job, but he's learned the hard way that he has to do what it takes to pay the bills. Queenie, an eighteen year old model/actress, finds herself in a similar position and isn't quite ready to bear it all for the camera. With their careers hanging in the balance, the younger generation has to decide if they want to sell out or stick to their dreams. But that is only part of the story here. This movie is also filled with realistic relationship issues. Fox is an alcoholic struggling with his marriage, Queenie was abused by her brother which presents challenges to her blossoming relationship with Wade.  The ex-nun across the street is walking around in an alcoholic daze, and her nephew the cop is desperately trying to keep her safe. The lives of these very different people weave together beautifully and teach us all that sometimes reaching out a hand in friendship can change everyone's life for the better, no matter how different we are. Realistic and touching, I give Happy In the Valley 5 Stars--just save it for after the kids are in bed due to nudity, language and violence.

***Please note that I received no form of monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a sample of the product to try in order to write a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced in any way. ***