Published On: Thu, Dec 25th, 2014

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #5 Happy Valley

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From Israeli American filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev, this documentary is about the pedophile football coach from Penn State Jerry Sandusky. In this movie, the Emmy winning Bar Lev gives the audience a picture of how the scandal affected State College Pennsylvania, a city whose entire existence is based around Pennsylvania’s state university. Who in the school and city knew about Sandusky and for how long?

Happy Valley received positive reviews from critics. Justin Chang of Variety said in his review that “Amir Bar-Lev offers a typically gripping and thoughtful take on the Penn State scandal.” John DeFore, in his review for The Hollywood Reporter, praised the film, saying that “Amir Bar-Lev’s Happy Valley is more concerned with the phenomenon of team spirit than any single question of fact or moral judgment.” Eric Kohn Vaughan of Indiewire graded the film with a B+ and said, “Happy Valley turns the tables on the national perception of the scandal. Looking directly into the camera after the team has been banned by the league, one supporter shouts, ‘Stop putting all the bad stuff on TV!’ The words resonate for anyone who has followed the headlines from the past several years. Watching Happy Valley, it’s hard not to feel complicit in the university’s weakened state.”

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