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Happy Valley Reviews

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June 4, 2012
no info = no interest
March 6, 2010
This is about the "far more than the National Average" prescription drug abuse problem that Utah has. In a place so heavily steeped in religion and tradition and the happy faces, why is this? This has an excellent soundtrack as well as several poignant moments; HOWEVER, the downfall of the film is this: to show what IS, but not WHY left me disappointed. Statistics will show & prove the IS, but the good documentary maker must also show that they are exploring for us all the reasons WHY. I saw very little of that here. What was shown was the denial many still have there, even in a few of the parents who lost children, their denial was evident. This was an intersting topic, I just felt it wasn't explored well enough.
½ May 15, 2009
fairly straightforward documentary in terms of technique and storytelling style, but given the subject matter and the raw emotion that surfaces during most interviews I have to say I was quite impressed. Who knew Utah was so f'ed up? ( minus of course the whole Mormon/ multiple wives stuff).
February 15, 2009
Before I had heard of this movie, I had no idea drug use was so big in Utah County. If you live in Utah, you just don't expect it. It's a very eye opening film. I enjoyed it.
January 26, 2009
This movie is nothing the box promised, but it wasn't too bad. I just would have liked to have understood what I was getting into when I rented it.
December 5, 2008
This is an eye-opening and very thought-provoking documentary about drug abuse here in the Beehive State.
½ October 12, 2008
drug addiction, kills...
½ September 5, 2008
Very eye opening. All parents should see this film.
½ August 27, 2008
I really liked this documentary. I like how they did bring up the fact that alot of the adults that were taking the medications said that they did feel pressure from the church to be perfect which was part of the cause.
August 20, 2008
I'm definitely a sucker for a good documentary that keeps my attention. It was an emotional eye-opener, and I never want to live in Utah...ever. Just in case.
½ August 15, 2008
So True. I live here.
June 29, 2008
Anyone know where I can see this movie?
½ May 11, 2008
Apparently, everyone in Utah does drugs, hmmmm.
½ May 1, 2008
good documentary. many who dont live in utah will probably find it boring. a lot of "inside utah" jargon. powerful and thought provoking
April 6, 2008
pretty powerful look at drug use - perscription drugs especially. Kind of intense, especially if you know someone close to you involved in drugs. I hope it does well enough to be in theaters outside of utah.
April 5, 2008
It was a pretty good documentary until the director started appearing on screen and acting like an idiot.
April 3, 2008
Great look at addiction and everybody that is affected. Great insites in the world of abuse especially in Utah.
½ March 31, 2008
Towards the end things get a little preachy and even a little uncomfortable in this otherwise very powerful and well-handled documentary. But that's not so much a criticism as a comment--you can't really blame the director when he is so personally and immediately involved in such tragedy. One of the most emotionally heavy theater-going experiences I've had. Any latent desire I've ever had to dabble in drugs is now permanently blown to pieces.

P.S. Nice editing, Ben!!
½ March 29, 2008
i dont know what to think of this. It is a topic that needs to be brought into the public discussion. Very emotion. I dont feel this reaches the target audience but i could be confused. Hopefully this will promote more grass roots efforts to try to fix the problems.
½ November 21, 2007
Saw this screened at the State Theater in State College, Pennslyvania where the film was based. It was fun and very well put, I liked it. I'd like to see where the industry takes Tina Murgas. A very indie approach with alot of interesting techniques and acting styles.
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