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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ruby Weaver
... Sam Deed
... Therapist
Mick Weber ... Floor Supervisor
... Gretchen
... Robin
... Bette
... Claire
... Artist
... Ned
... Fetishist
... Frenchman (as Steve Gevodan)
... Junkie
... Mark
Bronson Dudley ... Victor
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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. 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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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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12 September 2001 (France)  »

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Feliz Acidente  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,840, 26 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$688,510, 23 December 2001
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Near the end of the movie's theatrical run the director of a science fiction film festival contacted the distributor for a copy of the movie. According to the festival's director, there was a long pause on the other end and the person at the distributor said, "Hmm. Science fiction. Maybe if we had sold it that way..." See more »

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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 »

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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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References Doctor Who (1963) See more »

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The Perpetual Bachelor
Written by John Separano
Performed by Jet Set Six
Courtesy of The Engine Group
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Well worth watching
22 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

We happened across "Happy Accidents" by happy accident: there was nothing worth watching on any other channel and the description of the movie on IFC was enough for us to give it a go.

We made the right choice.

This is a sweet little romantic comedy. I had never heard of it before through the mass media; perhaps that's because nothing gets blown up in the movie, no guns are drawn, and only a few punches are thrown. Instead, Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio mostly interact with each other (as aided and abetted by Tomei's therapist and girl-friends). (Nowadays, does that make it a "chick-flick"?)

One cautionary note: If you've seen "K-Pax", you may feel "Happy Accidents" is a bit derivative, almost like a trip back into the past, but hang in there. If you're a fan of either Tomei or D'Onofrio (probably most famous for his role as "the bug" from "Men in Black"), or even if you're just looking for a pleasant way to pass an hour and fifty minutes, catch this the next time it comes around on cable/satellite -- you won't be disappointed.


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