Accidents Happen [Blu-ray]
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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....Read more ›
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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 morePublished on December 21, 2013 by GeoUtah
I almost turned this off after five minutes, but it was so horrible that I couldn't stop watching it. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by sheepy
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 morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Kevin
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 morePublished on February 18, 2013 by mr. contrarian
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 on December 5, 2012 by Slickfuzz