Happy Accidents (2001)



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

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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 his arm. But he's nuts over Ruby, and at least initially, that is enough for her. Slowly, Sam begins to reveal his "past." He tells her that he is from the Dubuque of the future and that he hails from a rare "anachronistic" family who believe that reproduction should occur the old-fashioned, fun way as opposed to the more popular cloning method. At first, Ruby is amused, until she realizes that he's not kidding. After a series of arguments, he agrees to visit Ruby's analyst, which yields unexpected results. This film premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Nadia Dajani
as Gretchen
Holland Taylor
as Therapist
Tovah Feldshuh
as Lillian
Cara Buono
as Bette
Liana Pai
as Claire
Mick Weber
as Floor Supervisor
Lyn Vaus
as Pharmacist
Anthony Michael Hall
as Famous Actor
H. Jon Benjamin
as Reveler No. 1
Kathryn Tucker
as Reveler No. 2
Michael Buscemi
as Pedestrian
Joreen Baquilod
as Korean Girl
Elizabeth Gajadharsingh
as Sunil's Young Daughter
Steve Gevodan
as Frenchman
Robert Stanton
as Fetishist
Neal Huff
as Artist
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Critic Reviews for Happy Accidents

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (21)

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Full Review… | January 21, 2013
Top Critic

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
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 2, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

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

October 19, 2001
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | October 16, 2001
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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
Alice Shen

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
Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

It was okay. I don't think I'm the right audience for romantic films , I guess.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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