ⓘ Happy Accidents (film)


ⓘ Happy Accidents (film)

Happy Accidents is a 2000 American film starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent DOnofrio. The movie revolves around Ruby Weaver, a New York City woman with a string of failed relationships, and Sam Deed, a man who claims to be from the year 2470. The film was shot almost entirely in Brooklyn, New York.


1. Plot

Ruby Weaver Marisa Tomei is weary of her long history of failed relationships with men when she meets Sam Deed Vincent DOnofrio in a park. But after the two fall in love, Ruby becomes suspicious of Sams past, his obsession with a "Chrystie Delancey", and "causal effect." Under pressure from her, he finally explains that he is really from the year 2470 and is what he calls a "back traveler." Ruby initially ignores this story, considering it yet another case of male nerdy weirdness, but after Sams persistence, apparent conviction, and growing agitation, she begins to wonder. Finally she takes him to see her therapist Meg Ford Holland Taylor. Ruby becomes worried as to Sams sanity when he reveals that everything he has done was a deliberate attempt to change her life. In the end, both Deed and Ford turn out to be time travelers and the fatal accident that would have killed Ruby is avoided.


2. Main cast

  • Anthony Michael Hall as Himself
  • Tamara Jenkins as Robin
  • Larry Fessenden as Junkie
  • Richard Portnow as Trip
  • Tovah Feldshuh as Lillian Weaver
  • Jose Zuñiga as Jose
  • Vincent DOnofrio as Sam Deed
  • Sam Seder as Ned
  • Holland Taylor as Maggie Ann "Meg" Ford
  • Sean Gullette as Mark
  • Marisa Tomei as Ruby Weaver
  • Nadia Dajani as Gretchen

3. Reception

Happy Accidents was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2000 and received much praise from the audiences. The film later opened in limited release on August 24, 2001 to 2 screens in New York City, New York earning $14.840 on its opening weekend, and the weekend before 9/11 reaching a widest release of 49 screens and grossing a total of $688.523 domestically in the United States. The film received half-page ads in The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, indicating the wide critical praise it had received in critics circles.

In his review of the film Roger Ebert describes Happy Accidents as being "essentially silliness crossed with science fiction", giving the film a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. Eberts co-host on Ebert & Roeper, Richard Roeper, enjoyed the film even more and ranked it #8 on his top ten films of the year list. The film received a coveted Two Thumbs Up from the duo.

On Rotten Tomatoes Happy Accidents has a freshness of 72%.

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