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Cry Funny Happy Review


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For his feature debut, director Sam Neave takes the filmmaking approach of Mike Leigh, peppers it with a dash of John Cassavetes, mixes in six characters of varying tics and troubles, and gets a boiling pot of humor, reality and tasty conflict.

Cry Funny Happy, a 2003 Sundance feature and a recent entry in the 2003 Independent Film Festival of Boston, displays Neave's deft feel for both the power and idiocy of human conversation. However, he's not interested in the witty, refined banter of say, a Woody Allen film - instead, Neave gives us a voyeuristic look at the nitty gritty, the stuff people say when they don't have a smart script to fall back on.

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