Happy, Texas

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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.

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When bank robbers Harry (Jeremy Northam) and Wayne (Steve Zahn) escape from prison and stumble into the tiny Texas Panhandle town of Happy, they're mistaken for the gay couple who were scheduled to help plan the town's child beauty pageant. As the criminals take advantage of the misapprehension to lie low while planning their next heist, complications include the local sheriff (William H. Macy) and his attraction to Harry, and Wayne's feelings for schoolteacher Ms. Schaefer (Illeana Douglas).

Cast & Crew

Jeremy Northam
Harry Sawyer
Steve Zahn
Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr.
William H. Macy
Sheriff Chappy Dent
Ally Walker
Josephine "Joe" McClintock
Illeana Douglas
Doreen Schaefer
M.C. Gainey
Robert "Bob" Allen Maslow
Ron Perlman
Marshal Nalhober
Ed Stone
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Jason Clark
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  • Nov 26, 2012
    I thought this was a good movie with a fun cast, highlighted by Steve Zahn's performance. I think the movie does do a good job at avoiding a lot of ugly gay stereotypes by actually focusing on the characters and their actions. There is humor based around the fact that they're pretending to be gay, such as Harry dating Chappy, but it doesn't mock the characters for their lifestyle and the movie does look at the characters with a certain sweetness and lightness that makes the movie very easy to watch. So I applaud the maturity of the script. I think there is a weakness in the story development. There's just something very generic and uninspiring about the story. The writing itself is solid, but the story isn't great. It just feels like something you've already seen before and I think it's certainly an obstacle that the cast had to overcome and they do an admirable job. It's only a good film, but I think it's a very good one at that, if that makes sense. It's a very good good movie. It's got its flaws but it is ultimately an enjoyable comedy with some fine performances.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2010
    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
  • Jan 24, 2010
    Tries too hard. I remember when I saw it at the time that I thought it tried too hard to be another indie film but I can't recall the comparison film so I'll leave it at that. Too much indie. Not enough goodness.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2009
    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

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