Perfectionist Nandi (Mmabatho Montsho) seems to have the new South African dream life within her grasp; black female partner in a major firm, marriage, the perfect house - but it all goes up in flames a few months before the wedding. With her friends Zaza (Khanyi Mbau) and Princess (Renate Stuurman), Nandi will have to find out what truly makes her happy and then fight to get it. Written by Helena Spring. Happiness is a four-letter word was directed by Figjam.

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Critic Reviews (5)

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Varsity Newspaper

29 Dec 2016
7.0
It was on a Sunday afternoon that I found myself taking selfies in front of the poster of the local film, Happiness is a Four Letter Word. I was so excited. The film is an adaption of Cynthia Jele’s 2011 novel which won the Commonwealth Writer’s ...
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TVSA

29 Dec 2016
5.0
We had Tell Me Sweet Something in December and not less than three months later we have another major movie pandering to the rom-com/chick flick market. It’s making a killing at the box office, but is it any good? Let’s dig in… Adap ...
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Dark Carnival

29 Dec 2016
8.0
When Nitefenix asked me to review ‘Happiness is a Four-letter Word’ I figured it was an adaptation of a graphic novel of some sort (probably Frank Miller). Turns out I was right about the movie being an adaptation (one out of three isn’t great ...
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Channel24

29 Dec 2016
7.0
Romantic comedies are a relatively untapped genre on the local movie front. There have been some hits (Ayanda), almost hits (Tell Me Sweet Something), and some misses (Between Friends). There’s a very fine line between telling our own relatable ...
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Sowetan Live

29 Dec 2016
6.0
Did cupid’s arrow strike you? Are you in love with the idea of love? Do you have your wedding planned out way before you even snag a bae? Do you believe in soul mates? Then we have the perfect movie for you in the month of love. Happiness is a Four ...

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Release Date:

February 19th, 2016 (South Africa)

Cinematography:

Lance Gewer

Story:

Based on the novel "Happiness is a Four-Letter Word" by Cynthia Nozizwe Jele

Screenplay:

Busisiwe Ntintili

Editor:

Nicholas Costaras, Melanie Jankes Golden

Production Designer:

Gary Smith

Sound:

Barry Donnelly

Music:

Mpumi Phillips

Production Company:

South African National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Cream Magenta, Junaid Ahmed Productions

Distribution:

Onemanshow Creative (South Africa)

Language:

English

Runtime:

92 minutes

Box Office:

$923,322

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