Happy Accidents (2001)



Critic Consensus: Happy Accidents has enough quirkiness and charm to rise above the more formulaic entries in the romantic comedy genre.

Movie Info

Is Ruby Weaver's Mr. Right really an emissary from the year 2,470, or is he just a complete loon ball? This question is at the heart of Brad Anderson's whimsical romantic comedy. The story opens with Ruby (Marisa Tomei) lamenting over her boyfriend Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio) to her shrink (Holland Taylor). In a series of flashbacks, the film quickly sketches Ruby as a neurotic with an unhappy track record concerning men and Sam as an oddball who is afraid of small dogs and has a barcode tattooed to … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brad Anderson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 17, 2002
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Critic Reviews for Happy Accidents

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (25)

Happy Accidents looks drab and doesn't take very good advantage of its New York locations, but the neurotic intensity and emotional honesty of its two leads more than make up for it.

Full Review… | December 16, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The story isn't perfectly proportioned ... but it gets quirkier at the points where most romantic comedies go limp.

Full Review… | October 19, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

For a high-flown fantasy, it's surprisingly down-to-Earth.

October 12, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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The actors have enough appeal to keep it moving over the speed bumps.

Full Review… | September 28, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The charm of Happy Accidents is that, like Ruby, we half-believe Sam Deed.

Full Review… | September 27, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The low-budget Happy Accidents may be just the tonic for those in the mood for something quirky and low-key.

Full Review… | September 27, 2001
San Jose Mercury News
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Audience Reviews for Happy Accidents

This was recently on Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen list, and it certainly is awesome despite its kooky concept of whether Ruby's new lover is a potentially dangerous paranoid-delusional or if he's actually a time traveler from 2470. What I really enjoyed is that I couldn't figure it out either. Sam's backstory and mission are convincingly explained away by some futuristic developments, but everything the shrink says about temporal lobe epilepsy seems valid as well. Vincent D'Onofrio is just sweet enough and just lazy-faced-crazy enough to lend a slight disturbance to this otherwise light romance.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Slow, but worth sticking with. Very original idea for a romantic movie. Wasn't sure I liked it to start with, but it did end up being worth a watch.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


It Like like K-PAX, but with Tomei and D'Onofrio relationship as the centerpiece. Quirky and Romantic, it really doesn't reach mind bending for me. The tension of the story is held squarely "Is D'Onofrio" sane or a time traveler. There is a quirky chemestry that works, D'Onofrio is smitten with Tormei and Tormei is in love with his dedication to her (after a life full of failed romances).

Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

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