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Happy, Texas (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 3 December 1999 (UK)
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Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who is to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant. Enjoying the celebrity... See full summary »

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Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr., aka David
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Josephine 'Joe' McClintock the Banker
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Doreen Schaefer
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Mrs. Bromley
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The Judge
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Madison 'Maddie'
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Jency (Flaming Batons)
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Another Happy Girl
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Another Happy Girl
Tiffany Takara ...
Another Happy Girl
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David, Pagent Professional
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Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who is to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant. Enjoying the celebrity and using their skill as con-men, the two adopt their persona to take on the task. Of course, as the two are heterosexual, their interest in the involved ladies intensifies. Ally Walker is a banker, who is distrustful of men and has given up on love. Illeana Douglas plays the dowdy, badly dressed teacher. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Two escaped convicts roll into the town of Happy, Texas where they pose as gay couple to elude the local sheriff who has a few sexual secrets of his own. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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3 December 1999 (UK)  »

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Happy Texas - iloiset veikot  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$72,056 (USA) (1 October 1999)

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$1,943,649 (USA) (17 December 1999)
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Snapped up at the Sundance Film Festival for $12 million, the film ended up grossing just shy of $3 million. See more »

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Happy is said to be in southwestern Texas near El Paso. In fact, the real Happy is in the northern part of the state between Amarillo and Lubbock. See more »

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Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr.: The Light IS GREEN!
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Halfway through the credits we see the real beauty pageant experts calling their insurance company to report the theft of their van. See more »

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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.6 (2003) See more »

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Incredibly silly, but cute and funny nonetheless.
11 June 2004 | by (Albuquerque, NM) – See all my reviews

HAPPY, TEXAS tells us the story of two escaped inmates, Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr. (Steve Zahn) and Harry Sawyer (Jeremy Northam). They arrive in a town called Happy in Texas and proceed to steal the RV of a young gay couple, and are later forced to assume their identities as beauty pageant experts. Wayne becomes known as David, and Harry becomes known as Steven. "Steven" works on trying to avoid his feelings for the banker Joe (Ally Walker) and "pity-dating" the town sheriff Chappy (William H. Macy) while planning to rob the city bank, while "David" works on trying to teach a group of young girls to successfully win a beauty pageant.

I expected this to be a pretty dumb film, but I was surprised in that it wasn't. It was silly, of course, but not dumb. The plotline is ridiculous in theory but is carried out quite well. In fact, I found this movie to be rather sweet and charming, and very funny in parts. Not hysterical, but entertaining.

The thing I was most surprised about while viewing HAPPY, TEXAS was how good the acting was in parts. Every actor was good in both their comedic and dramatic moments. Steve Zahn was hilarious as Wayne, while Jeremy Northam was good in a mostly dramatic role. William H. Macy was excellent as he always is, as was Ally Walker.

All in all, HAPPY, TEXAS is a pretty average comedy. There are some good humorous moments, but they come somewhat few and far between. The pacing is a little too slow and it gets a little boring at times, but it's a cute and fairly original movie. Better than most of its kind and pretty entertaining. 7/10.


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