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      Happy Fkn Sunshine

      Released Jan 10, 2023 1h 38m Comedy Drama List
      Reviews 93% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A sister and brother growing up in a poor industrial town struggle to create a better life through music. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Loren King Loren King The movie’s depiction of the joys of making music in a basement rings true and its popping soundtrack is worthwhile. Jan 27, 2023 Full Review Bobby LePire Film Threat The focus on these people’s lives makes this a more nuanced portrait than other films about bands hoping to make it big. Rated: 8/10 Jan 23, 2023 Full Review Luke Y. Thompson Fans of the Trailer Park Boys are most likely to feel the vibe of Happy FKN Sunshine, a sweary slice of Canadian lower-class aspirations, scams, drug deals, and dysfunctional families. Jan 18, 2023 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation It’s dark and funny, but not quite funny enough. It’s musical, but not so musical that you think “God I hope they make it,” based on the tunes and performances we see here. And it should be touching, even though it never is. Rated: 2/4 Jan 2, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Dirk G Really digging the soundtrack and gritty shitty-small-town vibes represented. Strong cinematography and well matched cast carry this unique portrayal of a motley bunch of not quite band members trying to escape the small town spiral. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/16/23 Full Review Lary S Didn't really get anything out of this movie. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Chris J MOVIE REVIEW Happy FKN Sunshine NR – Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music Year Released: 2023 Runtime: 1h 38m Director(s): Derek Diorio Writer(s): Ryan Keller, James Gordon Ross Cast: Matt Close, Mattea Brotherton, Dana Hodgson, Connor Rueter, Maxime Lauzon, Bridget Graham, Aubrey Rand, Lewis Hodgson, Lisa Boivin, Wes Williams, Ted Dykstra Where To Watch: Available here RAVING REVIEW: Amidst present-day North Bay, Ontario's bleak industrial landscape emerges a story of resilience and artistic expression. Directed by Derek Diorio and penned by the talented duo of Ryan Keller and James Gordon Ross, HAPPY FKN SUNSHINE is a testament to the enduring power of music to uplift and inspire even in the direst of circumstances. The film follows a young man's journey facing seemingly insurmountable odds in the form of a struggling low-income family and a town in the grip of a devastating strike. Undeterred, he is driven by his passion for music and a fierce determination to make a better life for himself and those he loves. His sister, a streetwise entrepreneur, lends a hand by acquiring the one thing he needs to pursue his dreams! The film drives a delicate balance between comedy, drama, and a modern-day twist on what has become music-based films. I wouldn't call this a musical, but yet at the same time, music is what drives the film and the passions within. As the band faces internal issues and resistance from their families, HAPPY FKN SUNSHINE never devolves into cliches. While you can feel the budgetary constraints, each scene is handled with passion and drive by the entire cast and crew. Derek Diorio balances the cast, allowing each character to shine. Even when a cast member struggles occasionally, the rest of the film picks them up. The film's themes of hope, perseverance and the transformative power of art are timeless and universal, sure to resonate with audiences of all backgrounds. In the end, HAPPY FKN SUNSHINE is a film that will leave you tapping your foot, humming along, and smiling from ear to ear (for the most part.) For more reviews and my YouTube channel, please visit Follow me on Letterboxd, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Find my social media accounts on most platforms simply by searching Overly Honest Movie Reviews. I'm always happy to hear from my readers; please say hi or send me any questions about movies. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Mark Y Great movie that captures the nuances of growing up in a small town. The dynamic between brother and sister makes it relatable, with the right amount of craziness everywhere else. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Lory M I absolutely loved watching Happy FKN Sunshine! The performance from the actors were terrific. Canada's got talent! I really appreciate this authentic story of a teenage boy growing up in poverty and trying to create a better life for himself through music. Seeing him and his friends overcome their struggles is motivating. I believe that when people watch this film they too will be able to imagine a light at the end of the tunnel. Films like these are important and a reminder that you don't have to be a product of your environment and if you dream big and work hard things just might happen for you. I'm excited to see what the future of this film will be. Also, how can I forget the music in this film... It was brilliant and I absolutely jammed to it while watching these kids jam out!!! Nailed it! Happy FKN Dreamin' Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Samantha G As someone who grew up in small town Northern Ontario, I appreciate the relatable context and characters and how this adds to the emotion and humour of the story. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A sister and brother growing up in a poor industrial town struggle to create a better life through music.
      Derek Diorio
      Ryan Keller
      Ryan Keller, James Gordon Ross
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      Comedy, Drama
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      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 10, 2023, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 10, 2023
      1h 38m
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