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Accidents Happen [Blu-ray] (2009)

Geena Davis , Harrison Gilbertson , Andrew Lancaster  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Joel Tobeck, Sebastian Gregory, Harry Cook
  • Directors: Andrew Lancaster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003HTPI7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Accidents Happen [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Oscar nominee* Geena Davis stars as Gloria Conway, the sharp-tongued mom in this darkly comic story of a family strangely cursed with a streak of bad luck. But as life takes unexpected detours, Gloria manages to tear apart her pain to find the humor in even the toughest things that happen to her. When her teenage son Billy uncharacteristically lets off some steam in a series of scandalous pranks, the tragic results are something no one could have predicted. But with the love of his family and some unexpected help, Billy sees the magic behind lifes oddest accidents. *Best Supporting Actress: The Accidental Tourist, 1988

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky & humorous dysfunctional families film August 30, 2010
Format:DVD
I saw this film yesterday at a regional film festival in Dubbo NSW. It is one of several Australian films (yes, it was shot in suburban Sydney!) in recent years, aimed at the American market. But it remains thoroughly Australian in its quirky, almost black humour at times.

The film revolves around the central character of Billy Conway and his dysfunctional family (in fact, all the characters seem a bit that way inclined...). It recounts his misadventures and disasters, from the opening scenes where he plays under the hose sprinkler on his front lawn while the next door neighbour accidentally incinerates himself, to the car accident which kills his sister and puts his dynamic & mischevious older twin brother Gene into a vegetative state. When he takes up with Gene's 'partner-in-crime' Doug, son of a neighbouring family, they accidentally kill HIS father as well... The lovely Geena Davis plays a convincing and at times heart-rending role as Billy's sharp-tongued mother Gloria, ably backed by some wonderful emerging new talent in 14-year old Harrison Gilbertson as Billy, and Harry Cook as the also-ran 'other' twin brother, Larry (whose performance is loosely reminiscent of Gabby Millgate's character Joanie in Muriel's Wedding... "Muriel, you're awful...").

The ensuing trail of accidents & disasters ("I'm not exactly a good luck charm," Billy tells Doug at one point) are actually woven between some moments of genuine pathos and depth. The consequent collision of guilt, truth and self-discovery prove to be just what Billy and his family need to move on.

There are also some humorous cameos, like the two policemen... who become more of caricatures as the film progresses. And never underestimate the potential of a bowling ball....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood January 8, 2013
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This is a excellent comedy and well put together. When looking at it. Just about every scene reminded me of something that happened to me in life. I normally don't look at the arts in this way. But, this movie just stuck out there in my face for real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply wonderful experience March 17, 2012
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This is one of those movies that you didn't hear much about and yet it slipped through the cracks and onto video before I even knew it was out there.My family and I have watched this movie over and over...can't watch it too much
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird show with a weird ending. June 18, 2013
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I wonder what the director wants us to take away from the ending? I almost turned it off the first few minutes the film was so poor. However, I continued to watch thinking it would get better. I was wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - [...] - @tss5078 May 19, 2013
Format:DVD
It is so good to finally see Geena Davis back on the big screen! Davis has always been one of my favorite actresses, showing a quick wit and a calm demeanor that has led to some tremendous films. In the new direct-to-video dramedy, Accidents Happen, she proves that she may have been on vacation for a while, but she hasn't lost a thing. In this film, Davis plays the mother of sixteen year old Billy Conway, (Harrison Gilbertson), who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The film starts with a childhood accident that destroys his family and really defines just who Billy is. After a chilling, but hilarious opening, the film jumps to a sixteen year old Billy and what's left of his family. His mother is crazy, his brother's a drunk, and his father just isn't around anymore, so it's up to Billy to deal with the trials and tribulations of a boy who is growing into a man. Davis is listed as the star and she has some amazingly funny lines, but the story is really centered around newcomer Harrison Gilbertson, who gives one the best performances by a teen actor that I've seen all year. Gilbertson very clearly shows us how Billy is seeming unaffected by what happens to him, he's strong, and seemingly ready to deal with anything, but on the inside, Billy is much different than he appears. The character was a deep one with many levels and Gilbertson takes us through them all with ease. I loved this film, because while it's dark and depressing at times, they also joke about these things that you're not supposed to joke about. Just when things seemingly become to much, that humor creeps back in and makes you love how wickedly fun this film is. If you want to see something different, that will have you going back and fourth between laughter and tears, then this is the film for you. I went into this film expecting nothing, just looking forward to seeing Geena Davis again and what I got instead was one of the best movies I've seen all year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie February 14, 2013
By Dougis
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I have watched this movie several times. It is funny, scary, and has a great ending. I would definitely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie December 11, 2012
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Absolutely wonderful movie! It was funny and moving all at the same time. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys dark comedy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misadventures of a boy who was NOT A GOOD LUCK CHARM November 18, 2010
By TJ-STL
Format:DVD
This was a well produced video that held your interest. No guns blazing, no fighting, sex or drugs (well except for the one joint and an alcoholic son). It was just a well made and acted movie with some black humor that never seemed to end. In the credits I could not believe it was made in Australia, everything said and looked like SURBURBAN AMERICA. Good video, see it, buy it keep it. Not a block buster but it kept you interested with a tear or two near the end, along with humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
This is an exceptionally thoughtful, well written and spectacularly cast film. An Australian production featuring an American family retold from literal narrative of the authors... Read more
Published 7 months ago by GeoUtah
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't believe how stupid it was
I almost turned this off after five minutes, but it was so horrible that I couldn't stop watching it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by sheepy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, little sleeper story
This is a story about dysfunctional families in early 1980's suburbia. The movie focuses first and foremost on a young kid named Billy who battles with rebellion, growing up and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kevin
3.0 out of 5 stars Generic 1980's Dyfunctional Families
There's nothing much new here. Several teenage boys have to deal with death, divorce, injury, and police. The performances were fine, but the script needed work. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mr. contrarian
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird Movie
Wife was not impressed with this one. Geena does play an excellent drunk disfunctial paretn in this one. But man these folks are have the worst problems.
Published 20 months ago by Slickfuzz
1.0 out of 5 stars Black yes...comedy no.
Unlike the movie, let's keep this short and sweet. This movie was miserable to watch. It pulled out all the stops to be quirky and interesting, but in the end, it was about a group... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Luister
5.0 out of 5 stars Geena Davis: What Talent She Has
I absolutely love Geena Davis as an actress; her talents and abilities are excellent. My favorite film of hers is "Thelma and Louise" because of the suspense, quirkiness, how the... Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by Kendalene Markston
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