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Happy, Texas (1999)

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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 »

Director:

Mark Illsley
6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Northam ... Harry
Steve Zahn ... Wayne
William H. Macy ... Chappy
Ally Walker ... Joe
Illeana Douglas ... Ms. Schaefer
M.C. Gainey ... Bob Maslow
Ron Perlman ... Nalhober
Mo Gaffney ... Mrs. Bromley
Paul Dooley ... The Judge
Jillian Berard Jillian Berard ... Madison
Scarlett Pomers ... Jency
Melissa Arnold Melissa Arnold ... Other Happy Girl
Cassie Silva ... Other Happy Girl
Tiffany Takara Tiffany Takara ... Other Happy Girl
Tim Bagley ... David
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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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They need pros. They're getting cons. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Texas - iloiset veikot See more »

Filming Locations:

Lancaster, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,056, 3 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,943,649, 19 December 1999
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Snapped up at the Sundance Film Festival for $12 million, the film ended up grossing just shy of $3 million. See more »

Goofs

There are no mountains or vineyards anywhere near Happy, Texas. See more »

Quotes

Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr.: If you ever leave me with a kid again I'll make sure you never have one. You have no idea what those screaming booger eaters are like. They expect you to... know stuff!
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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed in the making of this film, but a few rabbits had their feelings hurt. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 2000 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2000) See more »

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Honky Tonk Song
Performed by Br549 (as BR5-49)
Written by Buck Peddy, Mel Tillis
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC / dba Tree Publishing Co. /
Cedarwood Publishing (BMI)
BR5-49 appears courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Incredibly silly, but cute and funny nonetheless.
11 June 2004 | by sublime501See 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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