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Movie Info

Jackie (Karen Sillas) is an executive assistant. Michael (Tom Noonan) is a paralegal. By day, they work together at the same law firm, but tonight they're on their first date. He's a tall man with an intense look that some would find intimidating, but she is intrigued by him, and the two spend an evening in deep discussion, each performing the necessary verbal footwork to find out as much about the other as possible. As they dig deeper into each other's pasts, they make startling discoveries.

Cast & Crew

Karen Sillas
Jackie Marsh
Tom Noonan
Michael
Tom Noonan
Director

Critic Reviews for What Happened Was...

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for What Happened Was...

  • Jan 03, 2013
    The date of lowered expectations leads to a nice film where Noonan just lets the camera roll and allows the characters to develop within their own private space. Nice.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2012
    "What Happened Was..." is perhaps one of the very best independent films I have ever seen. It's poignant, insightful, sweet, funny, and reminds us of how awkward getting to know someone at first truly is. Tom Noonan is an actor whose work as a director was unknown to me before this film, and here he exceeds in both categories. "What Happened Was..." ends more dramatically than I would have preferred, but it is a worthwhile and satisfying experience nonetheless. If dialogue-driven films are your thing, this one comes highly recommended.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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