Happy Valley

November 16, 2014

Artist Michael Pilato paints over the image of Jerry Sandusky in his mural “Inspiration" in HAPPY VALLEY. Courtesy of Music Box Films.

Directed by: Amir Bar-Lev

Written by: N/A

Cast: N/A

Rating: NR

Running Time: 98 minutes

A documentary about the emotional repercussions to the Penn State community after former defensive football coach Jerry Sandusky’s arrest in 2011 for sexually molesting children. The film is fair and objective in its portrayal of the community’s deep divided opinion about the alleged cover up to protect the football program by revered head football coach, Joe Paterno, President Graham Spanier, Vice-President Gary Schultz, and Athletic Director Tim Curly, after graduate student Mike McQueary reported in 2001 possible sexual misconduct by retired Sandusky with a child in the Penn State showers. Film loses points because it was unable to secure a McQueary interview and did not show Spanier’s interview.

Grade: B+

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