It's a good thing for films to tell people to follow their dreams, but it can't hurt if they also learn that their dreams will more readily become a reality if they can come up with some sort of business plan. It's this second part of the "follow your dream" paradigm that's key to the success of The Happy Poet, a film about a young, optimistic poet who aspires to open a health-food restaurant. Although its deadpan humor may have the same appeal to some as the main character's organic lunchmeat alternatives, writer-director-star Paul Gordon crafts a simple, well-told story that manages to entertain and even inspire simply because it functions practically and realistically rather than subscribing to the empty wish-fulfillment of so many other movies.