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Relative Happiness (Opens Dec. 9!)

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Release Date: December 09, 2015
Logline: There's no recipe for love
Directors: Deanne Foley
Screenplay: Lesley Crewe, Deanne Foley, Iain Macleod, Sherry White
Stars: Melissa Bergland, Aaron Poole ,and Johnathan Sousa
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama


Plus–sized and 30 years old, LEXIE IVY is a feisty bed & breakfast owner who desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. In small town Nova Scotia, that’s no easy task, especially when the most eligible bachelor is JOSS, the rough handyman fixing her roof. When ADRIAN, a handsome and charming guest, arrives and seems to take an interest in Lexie, she thinks all her problems are solved. But she misreads the situation and is soon reeling, believing her romantic dream has slipped away, maybe forever. Lexie then needs to open her heart and eyes to see that love may be a lot closer than she thought. RELATIVE HAPPINESS is a romantic comedy, every bit as feisty as Lexie herself, starring Australian actress, MELISSA BERGLAND, in a breakout role, based on the best-selling novel by Lesley Crewe.

Running Time: 1 hour and 34 minutes
Released by: Solar Pictures


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    Philippine Release Date: December 9, 2015
    Director: Deanne Foley
    Cast: Melissa Bergland, Aaron Poole, Johnathan Sousa

    [JUSTIFY]Relative Happiness stars Melissa Bergland, Aaron Poole, Johnathan Sousa and Susan Kent in a romantic comedy about the importance of family and about finding love in the most unexpected places.

    Lexie Ivy (Bergland) has a lot of things going on in her life: how to deal with being part of a “perfect” family, how to deal with the leak on the roof of her bed and breakfast inn, and how to fit in her bridesmaid’s dress that’s one size too small. On top of everything, she feels the pressure of having to find a date for her sister’s wedding. In comes Adrian (Sousa), a boarder in her B&B, who seems to be the answer to all of Lexie’s prayers. However, things are not always what they seem and Lexie soon finds herself tangled not only with her romantic problems but also with issues plaguing her seemingly perfect family life. Add in a free-spirited best friend (Kent) and a meddlesome roofer (Poole) who always seems to find his way in her life and you get a recipe for mishap and disaster.[/JUSTIFY]


    [JUSTIFY]Melissa Bergland shines in this movie as the feisty but caring Lexie, a character that is both endearing and exciting at the same time as we see her go through her struggles and come out stronger and wiser in the end. She carries a lot of the weight of the cast though, as while it is easy to sympathize with her and root for her to be happy, some of the other cast members fall short off the mark. Dreamboat Adrian comes off as too wooden and insincere at times, and his character gets confusing as the story goes on. Joss the roofer comes off as smarmy and sarcastic and all wrong for Lexie. The rest of the Ivy family appear stiff and lacked in character development, although this may be what the film wants to portray all along as they seem to be mere accessories to Lexie’s self-discovery. Susie and her boyfriend Ernie (Joel Thomas Hynes) bring a breath of fresh air as the supportive best friends who help Lexie go through the tough times in their own free-spirited devil-may-care way.[/JUSTIFY]


    [JUSTIFY]The movie has two things going for it: the soundtrack and the breathtaking scenery. The scoring throughout the movie was on point, and the background songs used, while mostly unfamiliar, bring depth and emotion to the important scenes. The film also did a good job of showcasing the beauty of Nova Scotia in the fall as we see bursts of color in the form of the province’s flora as well as the stunning view of the coastline and the fishing boats Nova Scotia is known for. The plot was solid and it felt like a lot of things happened in a span of 90 minutes, but there were some scenes that could have been cut or shortened to highlight the more important scenes that convey the film’s message. [/JUSTIFY]


    [JUSTIFY]All in all, Relative Happiness is a heartwarming film which shows us that happiness can be found in loving oneself first before we seek to love others. We see Lexie go through a period of realization and self-reflection as she struggles to overcome her problems and manages to find true love along the way. More than the search for love however, the movie reminds us to look closely and not take things for granted, for there is a chance that true lasting happiness is just under our nose.[/JUSTIFY]

    [CENTER-HIDDEN]Rating: 7/10


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