Cry Funny Happy
Six thirtysomething friends find out more about each other than they expected or wanted to know in this semi-improvised drama. Wes (Michael Traynor) is about to turn 30, and his live-in girlfriend, Sophie (Kellee Stewart), decides that a surprise birthday party is in order. Once the big day arrives, Wes would rather fool around with Sophie than entertain guests, but he politely goes along with the big party as their friends arrive, including tightly wound architect Lenny (Tif Luckenbill); his nervous girlfriend, Allie (Amy Redford); self-styled ladies' man Dylan (David Robinette); and his latest girlfriend, Naima (Marjan Neshat), an Iranian whom he recently met on a train and who doesn't happen to speak English. After a few cocktails, conversation between the guests becomes looser, until some secrets are unexpectedly revealed and tempers between the friends begin to fray. Cry Funny Happy was the first directorial effort from Sam Neave, who was previously best known for his work as an editor.