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Welcome to Happiness (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 20 May 2016 (USA)
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There's a magical door in Woody's closet that allows those who go through it to erase mistakes from their past. When he finds out where it goes, his life will be changed forever.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Gallner ... Woody
Olivia Thirlby ... Trudy
Nick Offerman ... Moses
Keegan-Michael Key ... Proctor
Brendan Sexton III ... Nyles
Josh Brener ... Ripley
Molly C. Quinn ... Lillian
Paget Brewster ... Priscilla
Frances Conroy ... Claiborne
Bess Rous ... Leah
A.J. Trauth ... Penley
Robert Pike Daniel ... Osmond
Chauntal Lewis ... Farrah
Alexander Wright ... Wayfarer
Shana Gagnon ... Arguing Neighbor
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Woody (Kyle Gallner), a children's author, rents a strange apartment from his landlord, Moses (Nick Offerman). There's a magical door in Woody's closet that allows those who go through it to erase mistakes from their past. While he was once happy to facilitate the passage of the random strangers summoned to his apartment, Woody soon begins to question why he himself is not allowed to go through. Written by FilmBuff

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some disturbing images, and brief sexuality

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USA

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English

Release Date:

20 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Won best narrative feature at Oklahoma's DeadCENTER Film Festival. See more »

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Written and performed by Peter LeClair
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This movie was so stellar, just one of the best narrative movies ever.
25 May 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

It was a strangle inventive ride, and at the end I was moved and felt like I learned something.

Welcome to Happiness is about a children's book writer who lives in an interesting apartment. Once in a while, his 1990s printer would go off and a stranger would knock on his door. He would ask the strangers three questions from the printout and if they answered correctly he would lead them to happiness, which the door to happens to be in his bedroom closet, but after 5 years when this guy discovers that happiness is a place in which you can change the one big regret in your life, he becomes disgruntled with the fact that he wasn't given the opportunity to change his one regret.

The movie puts me on a very emotional ride. I relate to the lead character Woody, played by Kyle Gallner. It was a great experience. Kinda like the Matrix, but more down to Earth without the Sci-fi and the Kung fu. It's not a coincidence that Woody is a Children's book Arthur as the movie dishes out the life lesson it that same poise, only it's for adults.

It was a brilliant narrative from beginning to end. The first act I was digging but then it got to a point where I did not like the message the movie was generating, then kaboom! The whole thing was laid out in front of me and I felt it. I can't remember when the last time a movie blew my mind like that.

Plus Keegan-Michael Key is so amusing in his role. This guy is just so entertaining without even trying.

Recommend trying this movie out. I'm not really the type to be enlighten, but It did spark something in me.


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