Happy, Texas (1999)

Happy, Texas



Critic Consensus: A smart, light-hearted romantic comedy, Happy, Texas uses its well-written script and exceptional cast to prove there's still life left in the fish-out-of-water caper genre.

Movie Info

Happy, Texas is a fish-out-of-water comedy about two con men who escape from prison, then pose as gay lovers to hide out in a small Texas town. Mistaken for consultants to the Little Miss Fresh Squeezed Beauty Pageant, Harry (Jeremy Northam) and Wayne (Steve Zahn) go along with the ruse so they can stake out the local bank, owned by Josephine "Joe" McClintock (Ally Walker). The story kicks into high gear as Harry starts falling in love with Joe but cannot let on about his feelings. Also … More

Rating: PG-13 (Language; Sexual Content; Mild Violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ed Stone, Mark Illsley, Phil Reeves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001
Miramax Films


as Harry Sawyer

as Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr...

as Josephine McLintock

as Ms. Schaefer

as Sheriff Chappy Dent

as Mrs. Bromley

as Nalhober

as Bob Maslow

as Guard on Horse

as Other Happy Girl

as Other Happy Girl

as Other Happy Girl

as David

as Alton

as Pageant Judge

as `Little Light' Girl
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Critic Reviews for Happy, Texas

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (15)

Steve Zahn shines in Illsley's feature debut, elevating this eccentric small-town comedy two notches above the level of writing. Using the fish out of water format, this Sundance premiere begins well but then declines rapidly.

Full Review… | January 29, 2007
Top Critic

A charming fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, the modestly budgeted Happy, Texas more than makes up in heart what it lacks in splash.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Happy, Texas is a hoot, a hilarious comedy that's smart and caring, yet sexy and ingenious enough that it just might stir up some of that elusive Full Monty-style box-office appeal.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Anybody with a soft spot for fakers, who either identifies with them or just admires their chutzpah, is going to get a kick out of Happy, Texas.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

...a wellspring of sweet, effervescent humor that reminds us that comedies don't have to be all about fart jokes and bathroom humor.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

...if the world is not exactly aching from a lack of fish-out-of-water criminal capers, Happy, Texas nevertheless pleasingly proves that even a shtick we've seen before can charm when it's done well.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Happy, Texas

My husband and I consider this one of our all time favorites. Not only did it have one of my favorite actors, William H. Macy, but the whole subject matter was hysterical. Funny, funny movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


It was okay but definitely not hilarious...I think maybe I laughed once. I think the movie had a lot of potential but it fell flat.

Megan S

Super Reviewer


i pretty terrible film really i wouldnt recomend it to anyone!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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