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Happy Accidents -- A young woman finds love and happiness until her new boyfriend announces he is from the year 2470. Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'Onofrio and Holland Taylor star in this romantic comedy.
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Release Date:
12 September 2001 (France) See more »
Sometimes the future is better than it used to be See more »
Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she's stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Intelligent story line. Great acting. See more (97 total) »


  (in credits order)
Marty Davey ... Directory Operator (voice)

Marisa Tomei ... Ruby Weaver

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Sam Deed

Nadia Dajani ... Gretchen

Holland Taylor ... Therapist, Maggie Ann "Meg" Ford

Tovah Feldshuh ... Lillian Weaver

Sean Gullette ... Mark
Bronson Dudley ... Victor

José Zúñiga ... Jose

Sanjay Chandani ... Sunil (as Jason Chandani)

Cara Buono ... Bette
Lianna Pai ... Claire

Tamara Jenkins ... Robin

Richard Portnow ... Trip

Saidah Arrika Ekulona ... Nurse
Mick Weber ... Floor Supervisor

Sam Seder ... Ned
Lyn Vaus ... Pharmacist

Anthony Michael Hall ... Himself

H. Jon Benjamin ... Reveler #1 (as Jon Benjamin)
Kathryn Tucker ... Reveler #2

Michael McGlone ... Tab (as Mike McGlone)

Dan Frazer ... Tom Deed (voice)

Michael Buscemi ... Pedestrian
Joreen Baquilod ... Korean Girl
Elizabeth Gajadharsingh ... Sunil's Young Daughter

Stephen Gevedon ... Frenchman (as Steve Gevodan)

Larry Fessenden ... Junkie

Robert Stanton ... Fetishist

Neal Huff ... Artist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rossano Brazzi ... Renato de Rossi (archive footage)

Katharine Hepburn ... Jane Hudson (archive footage)
Andrew Fishman ... Man with Towel on Head (uncredited)

Burton Mazzone ... Robin's Boyfriend (uncredited)

George F. Miller ... Jogger That Drops Cherry Snow Cone (uncredited)
Timothy Reilly ... Man with Beer on Hydrant (uncredited)

Directed by
Brad Anderson 
Writing credits
Brad Anderson (written by)

Produced by
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Victoria Robinson .... associate producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Susan A. Stover .... producer
Derrick Tseng .... line producer
Original Music by
Evan Lurie 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey 
Film Editing by
Brad Anderson 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Susan Block 
Art Direction by
Lucio Seixas 
Set Decoration by
Kara Cressman 
Costume Design by
Victoria Farrell 
Makeup Department
Dana Elder .... assistant hair stylist
Dana Elder .... assistant makeup artist
Julia Lallas .... assistant makeup artist
Letha Rodman .... assistant makeup artist
James Ryder .... makeup artist: Vincent D'Onofrio
James Ryder .... special makeup effects artist: Vincent D'Onofrio
Alessandra Sanitate .... assistant makeup artist
Mia Thoen .... key hair stylist
Mia Thoen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Sophia Lin .... production manager
Jennifer Ruff .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Janowski .... first assistant director
Colin MacLellan .... second second assistant director
Brian A. York .... second assistant director (as Brian York)
Art Department
Sarah Berney .... charge scenic artist
Michael Jortner .... assistant property master
Linda Krantz .... property master
Ludowika Mann .... art department intern
Bentley Wood .... set dresser
Sound Department
Ryan Clark .... assistant sound editor
Ryan Clark .... foley recordist
Ryan Clark .... sound editor
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Gran Finale .... boom operator
Ginger Geary .... foley artist
Franziska Kunze .... assistant sound editor
Nicholas Montgomery .... sound effects editor
Abigail Savage .... dialogue editor
David Sciumbata .... assistant sound editor
Noah Timan .... sound
Peter Bucossi .... stunt double
Janet Paparazzo .... stunt double
Keith Siglinger .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Jennifer Atkiss .... camera loader
Alan Blagg .... key grip
Kip Bogdahn .... gaffer
Eric Boncher .... additional electrician
Pierrot Colonna .... assistant camera loader
Sylvain D'Hautcourt .... assistant camera loader
Andrew Fishman .... grip
Raphael Frank .... additional electrician (as Stephen Raphael Frank)
Mara Galus .... assistant camera loader
Patrick R. Heffernan .... additional grip
Aza Jacobs .... additional electrician
Sam Katz .... additional electrician
Matthew Kramer .... best boy grip
Matthew Kulvicki .... additional assistant camera
Scott Levy .... best boy electric
Seth Loft .... additional grip
Ed Mattson .... additional electrician
Timothy Reilly .... additional grip (as Tim 'Lopez' Reilly)
Cory Schaub .... electrician
Amy Silverman .... second assistant camera
Victor Sira .... still photographer
Craig Striano .... additional grip
Derek Walker .... first assistant camera
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Rory Wilson .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Katharina Eggmann .... casting associate
Susan Fried .... extras casting (as Sue Fried)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Kenney .... assistant costume designer
Maya Stowe .... wardrobe production assistant
Antonia Xereas .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jim Finn .... optical negative supervisor
Fred Heid .... color timer
David A. Smith .... assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Joe Violante .... color coordinator: Technicolor (as Joey Violante)
Location Management
Kim Marie Cicione .... location manager
Roni Deitz .... location scout
Michael Elian .... location production assistant
Dan Milner .... location scout
Thomas R. Polleri .... assistant location manager (as Tom Polleri)
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Eddie Harris .... composer: song "Mima"
Nicholas Montgomery .... music editor
Vivian Trimble .... musician (as Dusty Trails)
Transportation Department
Richard Curry .... transportation captain
Brian Lieberz .... driver: cast
Other crew
Michael Atterbery .... unit production assistant: Connecticut
Dan Brillman .... production assistant
Matt Byrne .... unit production assistant
Corey Campbell .... production assistant
Anne Childers .... production coordinator
Janna DeLury .... script supervisor
Rob Feld .... production resources
Ramsey Fong .... assistant: Ms. Stover
Stephane Guyet .... set production assistant
Megan Hedgepeth .... assistant production assistant
Brian Lamia .... unit production assistant
Melissa Lintinger .... auditor
Meredith Mandell .... craft service
Patrick McMahon .... set production assistant
Nils Nissen .... unit production assistant
James O'Donnell .... production assistant
Dylan H. Reiff .... unit production assistant
Laura Reilly .... production office intern
Guenevere Taylor .... production assistant
Matt Taylor .... set production assistant
Jessica Vargas .... set intern
Michael Wei .... set intern (as Michael W. Wei)
Matthew Wool .... set intern

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Rated R for language
110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Holland Taylor, who plays the therapist, is actually Brad Anderson's aunt.See more »
Factual errors: When Mrs. Weaver refers to the day her husband quit drinking (10/15/1988), she remembers it was a Tuesday. In fact, that date in 1988 was a Saturday.See more »
[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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53 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent story line. Great acting., 10 June 2003
Author: ilmr from Southeast, US

Don't rent this film if you are the kind of movie watcher/goer who doesn't like to have their brain engaged. (i.e. you only want car chases, explosions, bouncing boobies and bathroom humor.) You will be very disappointed.

I adored this movie and will purchase it as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Why do I adore it? A few reasons.

First, it is not your run-of-the-mill story. The time travel concept is handled in a very interesting way. The "back story," the photograph, the "father's" phone number -- all keep you wondering as they do Ruby (Tomei's character). Too, I appreciated the way the viewer is never quite sure (until the end -- and I won't give it away) if Sam (D'Onofrio's character) is really telling the "truth" or really is mentally/physically ill. I had a roommate for seven years who was bi-polar and borderline psychotic. It was scary how true this movie was in terms of what happens to the people who are dealing with (at least supposedly) mentally ill individuals. The writing and Tomei's acting portrayed the enabling, co-dependant thing perfectly and how these types of relationship can spiral into dangerous places.

Secondly, I liked the fact that the whole movie (except for a few brief shots at the beach and the ending) was filmed with a hand held camera. It gave it an almost documentary-like feel. I think the intimacy of the hand held kept the viewer's focus on the characters, rather like sitting in the room and looking back and forth between them. It also underscored their emotions, thereby grounding us in their reality. It just sucks you in. Because of this I never got a sense that this movie was trying to be a SciFi flick, and I don't think it was intended to be. The jerkiness of the hand held also was a reminder, subtle or not, of the shakey ground these characters were treading both separately and together.

Third and last. D'Onofrio's performance. Outstanding. Man, he continually blows me away! His Sam had to be completely gentle and innocent on one hand, but very threatening and creepy on the other. Sam was so engaging and sweet at first but towards the middle of the film, while retaining those qualities, I was really beginning to wonder if he was a physical threat to Ruby. A fine edge to walk as an actor. And all the future and time theory babble was handled with apparent ease. I believed him. D'Onofrio has the ability to just melt into a character's skin, to completely transform himself. He gives it all.

(On that note, there have been many in these reviews who say he usually plays evil characters and are surprised by this performance. He has done a few bad guys, but it is his other roles I love best. If you enjoy his work PLEASE check out - if you have not done so already - The Whole Wide World, Household Saints, Steal This Movie, and Good Luck. All good movies made GREAT by his performances. In my opinion he's one of the best out there and very under-rated.)

The only thing I didn't like in the film was the score. It just didn't work for me.I felt it was intrusive and much too jarring. It seems like a misguided afterthought. For me, if I notice the score over the performances or it interrupts my ability to follow the story, it isn't doing it's job well.

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