Accidents Happen


Accidents Happen

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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

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Critic Reviews for Accidents Happen

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (4)

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

    Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Accidents Happen quite easily commits the menu of sins that have long dogged Australian films: bad direction, unfocused story, thin characterisation, emotional incoherence and almost no idea what type of film it is supposed to be.

    Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Accidents Happen is a credit to the Australian film industry...

    Jan 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 26, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Accidents Happen

  • Oct 28, 2012
    This film took me by surprise. From the trailer I wasn't expecting much. I thought the acting in the film was really good. It was great seeing Geena Davis in a great role. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2010
    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 J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Cast: Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Harry Cook, Joel Tobeck, Sebastian Gregory, Erik Thomson, Morgan Griffin, Rebecca Massey, Sarah Woods Director: Andrew Lancaster Summary: When 15-year-old Billy (Harrison Gilbertson) is involved in an accident, he becomes comically unhinged, and soon his family -- including an emotionally detached father (Joel Tobeck), a resentful mother (Geena Davis) and an aloof brother (Harry Cook) -- is launched into a downward spiral of dysfunction. As the one truly grounded member of the troubled Conway family, Billy has to pull everyone together in Andrew Lancaster's bittersweet drama. My Thoughts: "I am a sucker for movies about 'Dysfunctional families' (probably because I come from one). So that and it starring Geena Davis is how this film caught my interest. The movie is pretty heavy in the sense of everything this family is dealing with. The humor is dark in this film. Most of it coming from Geena Davis's character Gloria. I think that's how she deals with what state the accident has left not only her, but her children in. This film was carried out mostly by the younger actors. Geena Davis is front and center as well, but it is Harrison Gilbertson who carries most of the film. All of the acting is good in this, but Geena Davis of course steals every scene she is in. I also have to mention Harry Cook. He gave a great performance from start to finish. His character really brings you to tears. Grief is the vocal point in this film with every character you come in contact with. Gives you a slice of how everyone is dealing with it differently. I thought it gave an honest look at grief and the different ways people handle it. Although it is full of off-handed comments, I still found it (in the end) sincere. The finale of this film is emotionally heavy. It definitely brought me to tears. Just a great film with some great acting by Davis and the younger actors. I definitely recommend it."

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