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Happy Accidents (2000)

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Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she's stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover, Sam Deed, seems different: he's sweet, tender, just in from Dubuque. ... See full summary »

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Marty Davey ...
Directory Operator (voice)
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Gretchen
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Therapist, Maggie Ann "Meg" Ford
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Lillian Weaver
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Mark
Bronson Dudley ...
Victor
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Jose
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Sunil (as Jason Chandani)
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Bette
Lianna Pai ...
Claire
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Robin
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Trip
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Nurse
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Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she's stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover, Sam Deed, seems different: he's sweet, tender, just in from Dubuque. But, as Ruby tells her therapist about Sam, in flashbacks we see someone not quite of this world. In fact, Sam informs Ruby that he's from the future, 2470 to be exact, traveling back in time to avoid prosecution for his sister's death, and to find Ruby, whose photo he saw back home. Ruby's sure he's delusional, but most of the time she wants to keep him - and maybe fix him. Although he seems sane, maybe Sam hasn't told her the real story: what's he up to, and who is Chrystie Delancey? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sam says he's from the 25th century... he's the most normal guy Ruby has dated. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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12 September 2001 (France)  »

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$14,840 (USA) (24 August 2001)

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$688,510 (USA) (21 December 2001)
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Holland Taylor, who plays the therapist, is actually Brad Anderson's aunt. See more »

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When Sam knocks on the patient's door, the sound does not match the movements of his hand. See more »

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[first lines]
Ruby: Murder? Oh God, Sam, murder?
Sam Deed: It wasn't me.
Ruby: Nobody could understand this, Sam, it's too much. It's too much.
Sam Deed: I think it would be easier if I told you a little at a time. It would sink in a little at a time.
Ruby: Sink in a little at a time? You... you just dropped an emotional anvil on my head. Look at me, I'm flat as a pancake.
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Interesting and Refreshingly New
20 June 2003 | by (Olathe, KS, USA) – See all my reviews

I tend to like character-driven movies and am quickly put off by movies that follow one of the familiar Hollywood stories. This movie successfully ventures into interesting and largely untested ground.

The story is about a man (Vincent D'Onofrio) who becomes romantically involved with a woman (Marisa Tomei) who has a history of co-dependence and failed relationships. He claims that he is from the future. The plot takes us on the journey of their relationship and her questioning of the truth to his claims vs. whether he is another in a string of loser guys that she seems to cling to.

The plot synopsis sounded a little odd, but it was my hope that these two talented actors could pull it off. Both Tomei and D'Onofrio turn in excellent performances. They present complex, interesting and flawed characters who engage our interest. The writing is very good and enjoyable.

My only complaint is the the story sags a little about 2/3 of the way through. A little tighter editing of about 10 minutes of essentially redundant scenes would have made the movie a more engaging.

I rate it a 8/10 and encourage those who like well-written, character-driven movies to check this one out.


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