Happy Accidents
Review by Ross Anthony

We've all fallen in love with weirdoes before: harmless, caring, even kind, but a few cards short of a full deck. Follow Marisa Tomei as she recounts her romance with a man who has just topped the tallest psychotic tale in her box of old boyfriends (the "ex-files"). Is he sweet, but misguided? Or dangerously demented?

Predominately a romantic-comedy, the film flirts at times with the thriller/sci-fi genre. Such toying adds to the disorientation already prodded from this curious script. The writer (tripling as director/editor) does a find job detailing the quirky script with tasty text tidbits that weave well into the story.

Marvelously written, directed, and acted... "Happy Accidents" suffers a bit from rough cinematography. (That off-tripod effect gets tiring). Additionally, the weak score offers little to no support for the interplay.

Some nice quotes of the many:

"The reason I'm awkward is because I'm afraid of being awkward."

"Love isn't enough, I need sanity and reality!"

Both leads act passionately well, it's ironic that very little passion in the form of chemistry ignites. Still, a very strong intriguing fresh script.

  • Happy Accidents. Copyright © 2001. Rated R.
  • Starring Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nadia Dajani.
  • Written and directed by Brad Anderson.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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