Happy, Texas

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Released 1999

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Director:
Mark Illsley
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
Happy, Texas is the wacky 1999 comedy crime romance. Harry Sawyer (Jeremy Northam) and Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr. (Steve Zahn, Joyride) are two criminals in prison for minor offenses - Harry for bank robbery and forgery, Wayne for auto theft. While working in a chain gang, highway litter control detail, they get into a fight with the infamous murderer Bob (M.C. Gainey, Sideways), which causes them to go back to prison and get solitary treatment for a few weeks. The van overturns and the security guard driving the van is knocked out. Bob, Harry, and Wayne escape, Bob going one way, Harry and Wayne going the other. Wayne being a car thief, along with Harry, steals a RV that belongs to a gay couple who are experts in beauty pageants. The RV battery dies, which leaves Harry and Wayne stranded, until a local sheriff named Chappy (William H. Macy) spots the RV and is relieved to find the two men. You see, Chappy thinks that Harry and Wayne are the two beauty experts that the town is awaiting for. So Harry and Wayne are trapped in the small town of Happy, Texas, with the entire town thinking that they are there to help prepare for the beauty pageant.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A hoot, a hilarious comedy that's smart and caring, yet sexy and ingenious enough that it just might stir up some of that elusive "Full Monty"-style box-office appeal.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    So soft-hearted it wouldn't hurt a fly.

  • 70

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Steve Zahn shines throughout Mark Illsley's feature debut, Happy, Texas, elevating this eccentric small-town comedy a notch or two above its level of writing.

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    Madison 'Maddie'

    William H. Macy

    William H. Macy

    Sheriff Chappy Dent

    M.C. Gainey

    M.C. Gainey

    Robert 'Bob' Allen Maslow

    Illeana Douglas

    Illeana Douglas

    Doreen Schaefer

    Scarlett Pomers

    Scarlett Pomers

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    Ally Walker

    Ally Walker

    Josephine 'Joe' McClintock the Banker

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