Movie Review: Happy Valley - Kettle, meet pot

November 19, 2014 12:41 PM

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The culture surrounding college sports has become so polluted with commercial concerns - from bowl games and TV revenue to paraphernalia, video-game money and beyond - that the recent events at Florida State (involving player lawlessness) only seem to underscore the issues. They also make it more apparent that college football is just minor-league NFL, including its willingness to ignore character issues.

So Amir Bar-Lev's documentary, Happy Valley, about the Penn State sex scandal that unfolded from mid-2011 to 2012, may surprise people. While Bar-Lev makes no apologies for Penn State and its handling of Jerry Sandusky's crimes, neither does he pile on in vilifying late coach Joe Paterno and Penn St...

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