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Happy Accidents
Happy Accidents
Actors: Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'onofrio, Marty Davey, Nadia Dajani, Holland Taylor
Director: Brad Anderson
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2002     1hr 50min

Academy Award® winner* Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom) and Vincent D'Onofrio (Men in Black) star in this "touching love story" (Boxoffice) about a neurotic New Yorker, her highly eccentric boyfriend and their extraordinary c...  more »


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Actors: Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'onofrio, Marty Davey, Nadia Dajani, Holland Taylor
Director: Brad Anderson
Creators: Brad Anderson, Caroline Kaplan, Derrick Tseng, John Sloss, Jonathan Sehring, Susan A. Stover, Victoria Robinson
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/17/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

John B. (FilmFanwithCat) from MENLO PARK, CA
Reviewed on 6/21/2015...
There are many very Good reviews ,Here.
i enjoy the Acting of Both these performers.
Vincent is ,also, in a film about the Life of
writer Robert E. Howard("The Whole Wide World"),
which is a Romance and a tragedy, based on the facts
from a Woman who dated Howard during the final years of His Life.
i Recommend it, if You are a fan of Vincent's work.
For this Review, i have to say that the many writers,here,
on this page, give terrific points-of-view about
"Happy Accidents".
i am , now, searching for a DVD of this on, a Trading Site.
i have to Thank the "Menlo Park Library",
where i discovered and borrowed this Film.
What does Your Library have to offer You?
This is a Fine, clever, Creative Romance.
i recommend it. ~john,
San Francisco Bay Area
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Leah G. (Leahbelle) from GROVER BEACH, CA
Reviewed on 1/5/2013...
This is a sweet movie about a young woman (Marisa Tomei) living in NYC who’s very cynical about the men she meets, all of them being losers, until she meets Sam (d'Onofrio), a very sweet sort of innocent man who eventually tells her that he is from the future. Of course, she doesn't know whether to believe him or not and mostly thinks he’s crazy but she loves him and thus the battle ensues in her mind of whether to believe him or not. Some interesting twists ensue right up to the very end.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Belinda S. (niara) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 7/27/2012...
Just when I had just about given up on film, I saw a movie that blew my mind: Happy Accidents, with Vincent D'Onofrio and Marisa Tomei. I do not even know where I found this haunting, beautiful film. You can find plot scenarios online, but I will say only that the end absolutely blew me away. Tomei and D'Onofrio's performances were so real, they were like people you knew. It was one of those rare moments when you¿re so caught up in the film unfolding that you feel like you're some kind of a purveyor/fourth wall -- there but not there. It's a bit slow, and the story, as it unfolds, seems utterly ridiculous and at times you will be like, WTH??? -- but stay with it. One of the best films I have ever seen. EVER. This is why the indie folks get it and mainstream Hollywood doesn't. It will haunt me forever. Truly.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Tess G. from ROSE HILL, KS
Reviewed on 11/23/2010...
Very different, entertaining and life-affirming movie! The acting is awesome and the story line compelling. It will keep you interested from beginning to end. Loved it!
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

I Can't Wipe this Smile Off My Face!!!!!!!!!!!
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 10/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was definitely in the mood for an uplifting, life affirming movie and so, by way of recommendations from friends, I went to see "Happy Accidents." The first thing that struck me about half way though this movie was that I was smiling...a lot. But I tend to do that when Marisa Tomei is around. Is there any other actress currently performing that is so emotionally open and accessible? So what was it? Was it the fact that the script was a Hoot? ("He could tell the photograph was of people from New York since they were all wearing black and holding apple martinis.") Could it be Vincent D'Onofrio's oddball performance as a man "from the future?" Maybe, but D'Onofrio has made a career of such parts and for once his physical ticks and shtick work for him instead of against. Could it be that Brad Anderson's direction held the fine line between farce and drama as tight as a drum? Well, of course it was all of these things. Anderson is now a talent to be reckoned with as evidenced here and in the deadly serious, scary, other-worldy "Session 9." On the surface these 2 movies would seem to have nothing in common. But on closer inspection it can be noted that they share a profound and heartfelt love of the creeps and geeks of the world as well as a like love for the unexplainable and unpenetrable. "Happy Accidents" is basically about the redemptive and cleansing qualities of love. And boy....we need a lot of that stuff these days."
Time travel and romance - a great date movie and more!
K. Corn | Indianapolis,, IN United States | 02/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It is hard to find truly watchable and engaging movies that both men and women will love. But this one is just that... science fiction and romance blended into a charming movie that deserves far more attention than it has been getting, since it is superior to most of the "blockbusters" that fill the movie screens these days. SOmehow this one came out and never really seemed to hit big. Now it is available on video and I urge you to grab a copy before it fades away again.
Marisa Tomei may have found the role of her life playing Ruby, a woman who's had more than her share of failed romances. Vincent D'Onofrio is perfect as the lowkey Sam, a guy who is quirky and a bit different from the average man... but for good reason, as he may (or may not) be traveling back in time, coming from 400 years in the future.
If all this seems a bit farfetched, let me add that my husband and I are NOT huge fans of "science fiction" type movies - and yet we couldn't take our eyes off the screen. Not only that, but we were charmed and touched by this movie. It is funny, romantic and quite believable. I give credit to Tomei and D'Onofrio for pulling it off."
Marisa Tomei and Vincent D?Onfrio give much needed substance
Gina Telaroli | Chicago, USA | 11/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The romantic comedy is something that people go to see because they know what will happen. The audience finds comfort in the fact that even though the plot may seem different, and the actors are new, the movie they are about to see is most likely going to be just like the romantic comedy they saw a month earlier. Brad Anderson's new romantic comedy "Happy Accidents" takes the basic concept that is known as the romantic comedy a step further.
The movie stars Marisa Tomei as Ruby Weaver, a New Yorker trying to overcome her codependency issues and find Mr. Right. When she meets Sam Deed, portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio, she falls immediately in love and he moves in with her within a week. As they relationship grows, Ruby begins to notice that Sam has many overly odd traits, he doesn't like dogs, has problems with everyday concepts, and has spells where he seems to be in a trance. Sam's explanation is that he is a back-traveler, actually from the year 2470, and that he came back when he saw a picture of her and fell instantly in love with her. Ruby at first takes this to be a new role playing game between the two and plays along, but as time progresses she sees that Sam isn't joking around. From here on out the picture focuses on the relationship and how Ruby deals with either believing Sam or accepting the fact that he is crazy and leaving him.
As Ruby, Tomei puts in quite a good performance. She doesn't seem to overplay the role and does a respectable job with a character that is in what seems to be a very silly situation. Likewise D'Onofrio takes Sam and makes him very realistic, even though the nature of his character is not one of a real disposition. The best scenes in the movie happen when it is just Tomei and D'Onforio on the screen; their chemistry seems to be entirely genuine.
The movie is overall, fairly predictable in terms of plot, but Anderson does a good job of providing the audience with meaningful insight into relationships in present day society. The almost ludicrous situation reveals truths that bring into play the concepts of idealism in relationships, and the trust we must provide our partners. The other way in which Anderson successfully brings "Happy Accidents" a step above the average romantic comedy are scenes in which Sam experiences his trances, which are actually time moving backward. During these scenes the audience is allowed to see through the eyes of Sam, and time seems to stop as the scene begins to replay itself backwards in slow motion. While this may seem like a distracting element, it actually adds reflection time to the film. The typical romantic comedy moves quickly and often doesn't give the audience much time to even think about the deeper issues at hand, (granted in many the issues aren't all that deep), but here Anderson not only gives his film substantial subject matter, he actually allows time for the audience to process it.
At first glance, "Happy Accidents" appears to be your average romantic comedy, with the basic plot, simplistic acting, and predictable ending. And while it is true that the movie is not overly complex, with overly dramatic acting, and a million twists and turns, Brad Anderson brings "Happy Accidents" to the next level. He takes the fundamental aspects of the romantic comedy genre and gives them substance. In turn he creates a movie that is actually interesting and relevant in today's society, making the enjoyment of the film anything but an accident"