Happy Accidents

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Released 2002

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Director:
Brad Anderson
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
In the 2000 IFC production “Happy Accidents,” Ruby Weaver (Maris Tomei) falls for the affable but idiosyncratic Sam Deed (Vincent D’Onofrio). Ruby is a lifetime New Yorker and typical thirty-something: she has a therapist, a mindless job, and a string of less than charming exes. Enter Sam, the most genuine lover she’s met in a while. There is only one problem: he’s from the future. Or so he says. For the entirety of the film, Ruby vacillates between believing his tall tale and falling madly in love, or kicking him out of their apartment on because he’s insane. As can be expected with an IFC flick, there is a substantial amount of talking (it borders on mumblecore). But Tomei and D’Onofrio play it so sincerely, you rarely feel as though it’s disingenuous or pretentiously quirky. You’re only left wondering one thing: will their love survive the test of time travel?

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A lighthearted yarn designed to stand out by virtue of its intricate structure and trippy time-travel element. But the fanciful material wears thin pretty quickly, the air leaking ...

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As impressive as it is in the abstract, all the detail ultimately drags the movie down and lengthens it unnecessarily.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    If you're willing to suspend a barrel or two of disbelief, then Happy Accidents has its moments.

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Comedy

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Romantic Comedy