Most movie posters or DVD boxes with a woman and man looking at each other tend to turn off a lot of guys…. “oh man, this is just another sappy, stupid love story. God, I hope my girlfriend/wife doesn’t want me to see this.” Not the case with Happy Accidents! Guys, here’s something different:
This film is WAY more sci-fi/time-travel-related than the artwork depicts. Not only that, but there is a lot of verbal intensity throughout the film, in constant arguments/fighting/theorizing between Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays Sam, and Marisa Tomei, who plays Ruby. But in contrast, a lot of the arguments in the film border on hilarious (thanks to D’Onofrio’s acting and the well-written lines)… so even though things get intense, there’s a lot of humor in two people who just aren’t seeing eye-to-eye AT ALL, but their hearts are definitely in the right place.
This is a thinking person’s film, but has several sweet moments to appeal to those (women AND men) who like a little love in their dramatic stories. But ultimately, it’s very sci-fi, philosophical, and existential. Not for the fans of banal couple films like “Forces of Nature” or “Return To Me” (neither of which I’ve seen, but I could imagine those two are pretty bad). This is definitely a cut above most of the stuff released in the early 2000s.
I’ve seen this film a bunch of times on Showtime and Encore. Never gets old. Plus, the score is awesome. Very Thomas Newman/American Beauty-ish… but with its own spin. And I love the spooky piece that plays during the credits.