A Strange Brand Of Happy

5.41 h 34 min2013PG-13
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.
Brad Wise
Rebecca St. JamesShirley JonesJoe Boyd
English [CC]
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3.2 out of 5 stars

66 global ratings

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Shari Broyer, Author, EditorReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Strange Brand of Happy Made ME Happy
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This movie, which was sometimes "silly", like David, the protagonist, and sometimes "depressed" (depressing), like David, was also awesome, like David, in its ability to INSPIRE. I really had no idea, when I started watching it, that it would turn out to be a tale of any real substance. It made me chuckle here and there, and I thought that was all it was meant to do. But as it progressed, like David--who went from a being a depressed person in a depressing job to a person who found his worth--won't say HOW [spoiler alert]--it moved me to tears not just once, but twice, tears of recognition and reconnection--won't say to WHAT [spoiler alert]. Completely worth watching to the end, ESPECIALLY to the end.
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William MelicharReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
An unimaginative kind of love story
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The movie was very dull, and never really picked up in momentum. Then it started to have religious overtones, but not in a good way, but rather trying to indoctrinate. All in all I found it to be offensive and fairly boring. Not any clever situations or moments, but just dull. I felt like I was watching the Hallmark channel.
Melanie M SmithReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth watching
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An engaging Christian-based movie that keeps your attention throughout! No bad language; good moral values. The storyline had one glaring implausibility (an unemployed guy who can't pay the utilities being able to afford to pay a life coach), but overall, it was well done. Well acted, good writing, feel-good kind of story. You could see the ending a mile away, but it was still a good movie. I'd watch other movies produced/directed/written by this team because I have a high appreciation for a "clean" movie. Well done.
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Happy HikerReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Eh, it's okay
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I thought it was going to be a typical romcom. It's not. It's a Christian lite romance. Venida Evans is wonderful in it, as are Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels. The older actors' performances are one of the movie's highlights, as is the friendship between the two guys. It was nice to see a real friendship between two guys.
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CShepReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great 'Feel Good' Movie - nice message
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From beginning to end it's an enjoyable film. The acting is all solid and the message, while ~Christian, is subtle enough to not feel preachy. It will make you smile! (it's based in Cincinnati, OH - shooting & production; I make an effort to support 'the little guy' type of production companies and I'm rarely disappointed...they have the guts to stray from the cookie-cutter formulas the rest follow)
Gabriel WigingtonReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very nice film, I liked it because it had a ...
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Very nice film, I liked it because it had a genuine positive message at the end and a lighthearted overall mood. I would have liked to see more of the personality and personal past hurts and life challenges from Rebecca St. James that led her to becoming passionate about life coaching although very well done overall.
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Barbara Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Very beautiful message.... loved loved loved the poem in one of the scene. Enjoy watching it!
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CoffeeIVReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Pillows at the Ready
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Snorefest. I appreciate that it was "nice," but OMG, I fell asleep twice and I wasn't even halfway through. It was not the fault of the actors. It was the WRITING. ZZZZZZZZZZ
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