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GOOD LUCK is an entertaining, frequently very funny, and extremely
well-acted film. Unfortunately, it can't quite make up its mind whether it
wants to be a realistic depiction of the problems facing the disabled or a
feel good film. The strong language and sexual situations make it the
former--some of the more unrealistically upbeat scenes the latter. Still,
it's a lot better than many films that get more publicity. And the acting
superb. Max Gail is wonderful in a small but crucial part. The late
Hines is excellent, although there's something disconcerting about such a
great dancer confined to a wheelchair (although that may have been the
of his casting). And look here--Vincent D'Onofrio in what probably is the
most conventional starring role of his career. And he looks terrific,
from the film's start, when he's speeding along in a sports car. He's
believable as a football star, and, as always, a terrific
Can I recommend it? Definitely for D'Onofrio and Hines fans. It would also be a nice antidote to the usual sports film. It certainly deserves to be better known.
Alright, HAPPY ACCIDENTS is a weird, pretentious movie. It has all the
of an artsy-fartsy independent film--the handheld camera moves, the jumps
time, the improvised scenes--but it works. The fact it works is largely
result of the excellent leading performances by Marissa Tomei and Vincent
D'Onofrio. Tomei makes her character (who's a bit of a doormat and whiner)
into a likable, realistic person. If there's a better actor at playing
characters who can't quite fit in their own skins than D'Onofrio, I
seen him. He's splendid in this film, and very funny and touching by
He's particularly good in the scene where his character dazzles a
of children with his language skills.
The writer/director/editor Brad Anderson seems to be a bit self-conscious in his work (some scenes shout "Look at me! I'm a quirky independent movie! I'm art!"), and some of the film is frustrating. Is Sam Deeds, D'Onofrio's character, really a time traveller? Is he insane? Does it matter? Anderson never really seems to care about this. Then again, this ambiguity is one of the film's strengths. Perhaps the point of HAPPY ACCIDENTS is that love is what matters, rather than time, space, or mental health.
It's far from a perfect film, but I'm happy I gave it 2 hours of my life, and I'll probably give it more time in the future.
Vincent D'Onofrio seems to appear in two kinds of films--big budget ones
where he appears in bizarre supporting roles (think MEN IN BLACK); or
independent ones where he appears in eccentric leading roles. THE WHOLE
WORLD is one of the latter, and Mr. D'Onofrio is extraordinary as Robert
Howard, the pulp writer who created Conan the Barbarian. His performance
funny, intelligent, scary, and heartbreaking. Few actors take as many
chances as D'Onofrio, and some find his work too over the top. But he hits
every right note in this film--it's a great performance. Renee Zwellegger
excellent as well, and deals well with her part in spite of the fact her
role is somewhat underdeveloped. The film also does a splendid job in
capturing the joys and terrors of living in a small rural community, and
cinematography is stunning. There are also wonderful performances by Harve
Presnell and Ann Wedgeworth as Howard's parents.
The film does require the viewer to think, and to relate to characters who have serious shortcomings. These characters are well worth knowing, however. And the film contains one of the most romantic and tragic kisses I've ever seen on screen. Make the effort to see this movie.
I strongly recommend the DVD of this film--the commentary by Dan Ireland, Mr. D'Onofrio, and others is insightful and entertaining.