Happiness for Beginners synopsis: What is the Netflix movie about?

HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS (2023)(L to R) Ellie Kemper as Helen and Luke Grimes as JakeCR: Barbara Nitke/NETFLIX
HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS (2023)(L to R) Ellie Kemper as Helen and Luke Grimes as JakeCR: Barbara Nitke/NETFLIX /
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Are you ready to see The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actress Ellie Kemper in a rom-com? We sure are! And actually, her new Netflix movie, Happiness for Beginners, has been playing in select theaters since July 21, 2023. But if you’re waiting for the production to come to streaming, then that’s Thursday, July 27! Not too long now. What is the film about?

Joining Kemper, who takes on the role of Helen, onscreen as her potential love interest is Luke Grimes, currently known for playing Kayce Dutton in Yellowstone on Paramount+. He plays Jake in the movie. Nico Santos as Hugh, Blythe Danner as Gigi, Benjamin Cook as Beckett, Shayvawn Webster as Windy, Esteban Benito as Mason, and Julia Shiplett as Sue round out the cast.

So what can you expect to see when tuning in to the film? What is it all about? We’ve got the answer for you below!

Happiness for Beginners synopsis: What is the Netflix movie about?

Happiness for Beginners is centered around Helen, who is recently divorced and feeling lost, per the synopsis. She’s always played it safe, not liking to take risks. But after her separation, she feels like she needs “a reset” and decides to sign up for an adventure in the backcountry. The survival course sees the “quirky group” Helen is with hiking the Appalachian Trail. And while she’s out in the wilderness trying to find herself, she might find a new love as well.

The trailer reveals Helen and Jake’s obvious chemistry in the woods, some of the funny characters who are on this adult survival camping trip, and the inner challenges Helen is going to have to overcome. And perhaps Jake will help her do so along the way. Check out the video below:

Happiness for Beginners begins streaming Thursday, July 27, 2023 on Netflix.

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