Accidents Happen (2010)

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A dysfunctional New England family relies on the son prone to witnessing horrible accidents to get them though the hard times in this wry period comedy drama set in the 1980s. Billy Conway never set out to see the gruesome side of life, he just always happened to be around when it presented itself. One day, a terrible accident befalls the Conways, leaving one child dead and another severely brain-damaged. In the aftermath, Billy's dad leaves home. Caught between his troubled brother and his embittered mother, young Billy begins to stray from his good-son roots by hanging out with the neighborhood troublemaker. Who would have suspected that Billy's bad behavior could be the key to helping his family move on from the past and start life anew? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
R (for language, some disturbing images and brief teen drug and alcohol use)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Geena Davis
as Gloria Conway
Harrison Gilbertson
as Billy Conway
Joel Tobeck
as Ray Conway
Harry Cook
as Larry Conway
Sebastian Gregory
as Doug Post
Sarah Woods
as Dottie Post
Morgan Griffin
as Katrina
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Critic Reviews for Accidents Happen

All Critics (9)

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Full Review… | April 28, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Star power helps Happen immensely, giving this dreary, confused picture a lift when it needs it the most. Too bad Davis couldn't fill all the roles. The film could've benefited with a little more of her personality.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
DVDTalk.com

What emotional life there is in this set up - and with so much is going on, there isn't much - is crushed by dreadful narration.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Eye for Film

The main appeal of this modest and rambling slice of life is writer Brian Carbeeâ(TM)s delicious dialogue, which provides Davis with a string of amusing and acidic verbal put-downs.

Full Review… | April 26, 2010
Sunday Times (Australia)

It's as if Carbee and Lancaster were unsure themselves: were they making a bitter-sweet, ironic memoir of adolescence? Or were they making a melodrama? Both tone and pace jerk all over the place...

Full Review… | April 23, 2010
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

This take-no-prisoners family flick is not your average suburban trip.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Accidents Happen

It is so good to finally see Geena Davis back on the big screen! Davis has always been one of my favorite actresses, showing a quick wit and a calm demeanor that has led to some tremendous films. In the new direct-to-video dramedy, Accidents Happen, she proves that she may have been on vacation for a while, but she hasn't lost a thing. In this film, Davis plays the mother of sixteen year old Billy Conway, (Harrison Gilbertson), who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The film starts with a childhood accident that destroys his family and really defines just who Billy is. After a chilling, but hilarious opening, the film jumps to a sixteen year old Billy and what's left of his family. His mother is crazy, his brother's a drunk, and his father just isn't around anymore, so it's up to Billy to deal with the trials and tribulations of a boy who is growing into a man. Davis is listed as the star and she has some amazingly funny lines, but the story is really centered around newcomer Harrison Gilbertson, who gives one the best performances by a teen actor that I've seen all year. Gilbertson very clearly shows us how Billy is seeming unaffected by what happens to him, he's strong, and seemingly ready to deal with anything, but on the inside, Billy is much different than he appears. The character was a deep one with many levels and Gilbertson takes us through them all with ease. I loved this film, because while it's dark and depressing at times, they also joke about these things that you're not supposed to joke about. Just when things seemingly become to much, that humor creeps back in and makes you love how wickedly fun this film is. If you want to see something different, that will have you going back and fourth between laughter and tears, then this is the film for you. I went into this film expecting nothing, just looking forward to seeing Geena Davis again and what I got instead was one of the best movies I've seen all year.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

½

Darkly moving, and very entertaining. I wasn't sure what to expect based on the synopsis, trusting that Geena Davis would deliver. She did, and did it well. Dysfunctional family. Dysfunctional neighbors. A very clever script, and strong acting. Very, very pleasantly surprised in how well done this little film was. Kudos!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Accidents Happen???? More like shit happens!! I do not know how this movie went under my radar. Life is full of accidents and this family and neighbors cope inspired me. I felt there are GREAT performances from Harrison Gilbertson and Geena Davis. A very touching, sad story of how a family's life is change starting with an accident! Highly recommend!!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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