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What Happened Was... (1994)

This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner ... See full summary »

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This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner one night. As this 'first date' plays out, the audience is guided through a mental minefield of disappointment, desolation, and desperation. Their conversation, with its awkward 'small talk', slowly reveals their unhappy lives.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Tom Noonan's directal debut of a full length feature film. See more »

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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Voices Carry
Written by Michael Hausman, Joseph Pesce and Aimee Mann
Performed by 'Til Tuesday
Published by Intersong, USA
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Courtesy Epic Records
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Not for the faint of heart
29 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What Happened Was is a movie of creepy intensity that is both affecting and disturbing. Talented writer/director/actor Tom Noonan allows the viewer to be a fly on the wall for a first date that starts off awkward and painful and then veers into the uncomfortably intimate. Michael and Jackie could be anyone you work with, pass every day in the hall, and never realize what's going on in their strange inner worlds. Lonely and simultaneously starved for meaningful human companionship and afraid of it, by the end of the date Michael and Jackie reveal themselves in ways that are real and fascinating while also being scary in a way that few movies are. A must see for anyone interested in the dark recesses of the human mind.


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