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Ellie Kemper, Director Vicky Wight, and author Katherine Center discuss Happiness for Beginners

HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS (2023) (L to R) Ellie Kemper as Helen and Luke Grimes as Jake CR: Barbara Nitke/NETFLIX

Ellie Kemper stars as Helen, a recently divorced woman seeking some focus and clarity by participating in a backcountry survival course. The film, based on the book by Katherine Center, is streaming now on Netflix. I had the chance to talk about the movie with Kemper, Center, and director Vicky Wight in a roundtable that took place in June.

Ellie Kemper, Vicky Wight, and Katherine Center Interview

About Happiness for Beginners

Helen (Ellie Kemper) has always lived her life as far from the edge as possible. Finding herself newly divorced and a little lost, Helen decides she needs a reset and signs up for the “Adventure of a Lifetime!” The adventure is a backcountry survival course hiking the Appalachian Trail with a group of oddball strangers. From the beginning, Helen’s plan to be the best hiker is tested and she finds more than just herself in the wilderness. Based on the wildly popular novel by Katherine Center, HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS reminds us that sometimes you have to get lost before you’re found.
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