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  • Actors: Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'Onofrio, Marty Davey, Nadia Dajani, Holland Taylor
  • Directors: Brad Anderson
  • Writers: Brad Anderson
  • Producers: Caroline Kaplan, Derrick Tseng, John Sloss, Jonathan Sehring, Susan A. Stover
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006SFKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Happy Accidents" on IMDb

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Academy Award® winner* Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom) and Vincent D'Onofrio (Men in Black) star in this "touching love story" (Boxoffice) about a neurotic New Yorker, her highly eccentric boyfriend and their extraordinary connection. "Cleverly plotted [with] an abundance of heart" (The New York Times), this captivating romance will make you crazy for love! Ruby (Tomei) is a hopeless romantic who's always attracted to the wrong kind of guy until shemeets Sam (D'Onofrio). He's sweet, sensitive, sincere and from the year 2470. Despiteor maybe because ofhis bizarre claims to have traveled back in time to save her, Ruby falls for Sam. And while common sense says he's crazy, her heart says he's the one.

This unusual but strikingly affecting movie stars Marisa Tomei as Ruby, a young woman with a string of bad relationships behind her, who falls in love with a guy named Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio, Full Metal Jacket, The Whole Wide World). Initially, Sam just seems quirky, but eventually he tells her his secret: he's a time traveler from 400 years in the future. Happy Accidents walks a delicate line between genres, never making it clear whether Sam is delusional or telling the truth until the end. The strange blend of genres (which plays like romantic comedy, not like science fiction) may make some viewers balk, but writer-director Brad Anderson (Next Stop Wonderland) has a gift for both revealing psychological insights and sensual moments--like when Sam explains principals of time travel by running his hands up Ruby's leg--that, combined with the superb cast, are constantly engaging and sincerely touching. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

Overall, the movie is very well done with the acting and plot.
S. Manuele
So if you have the chance, please watch this great movie - in fact, watch it twice, because you won't want to miss a single minute!
Don't waste your time...we were so bored, we turned it off before even seeing the ending.
B. Ericksen

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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on October 10, 2001
I was definitely in the mood for an uplifting, life affirming movie and so, by way of recommendations from friends, I went to see "Happy Accidents." The first thing that struck me about half way though this movie was that I was smiling...a lot. But I tend to do that when Marisa Tomei is around. Is there any other actress currently performing that is so emotionally open and accessible? So what was it? Was it the fact that the script was a Hoot? ("He could tell the photograph was of people from New York since they were all wearing black and holding apple martinis.") Could it be Vincent D'Onofrio's oddball performance as a man "from the future?" Maybe, but D'Onofrio has made a career of such parts and for once his physical ticks and shtick work for him instead of against. Could it be that Brad Anderson's direction held the fine line between farce and drama as tight as a drum? Well, of course it was all of these things. Anderson is now a talent to be reckoned with as evidenced here and in the deadly serious, scary, other-worldy "Session 9." On the surface these 2 movies would seem to have nothing in common. But on closer inspection it can be noted that they share a profound and heartfelt love of the creeps and geeks of the world as well as a like love for the unexplainable and unpenetrable. "Happy Accidents" is basically about the redemptive and cleansing qualities of love. And boy....we need a lot of that stuff these days.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2003
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It is hard to find truly watchable and engaging movies that both men and women will love. But this one is just that... science fiction and romance blended into a charming movie that deserves far more attention than it has been getting, since it is superior to most of the "blockbusters" that fill the movie screens these days. SOmehow this one came out and never really seemed to hit big. Now it is available on video and I urge you to grab a copy before it fades away again.
Marisa Tomei may have found the role of her life playing Ruby, a woman who's had more than her share of failed romances. Vincent D'Onofrio is perfect as the lowkey Sam, a guy who is quirky and a bit different from the average man... but for good reason, as he may (or may not) be traveling back in time, coming from 400 years in the future.
If all this seems a bit farfetched, let me add that my husband and I are NOT huge fans of "science fiction" type movies - and yet we couldn't take our eyes off the screen. Not only that, but we were charmed and touched by this movie. It is funny, romantic and quite believable. I give credit to Tomei and D'Onofrio for pulling it off.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Collen on August 27, 2011
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I never post movie reviews. But I was almost dissuaded from watching this very moving and engrossing film by some really shallow negative reviews on this site. Some people are just not satisfied unless they are tearing something down. (Ironically, the worst was from a user who calls himself "a big movie fan". Really. If you don't love this, I don't think you can really call yourself an all-around movie fan; just a fan of certain genres/types/etc.)

If what you ask for in a movie is to be engaged and not quite sure what's going to happen right up until the very end, and aren't so A.D.D. that you need a car crash, gunfight or beatdown every ten seconds, this is one you will not want to miss.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a thriller, it's not that "sci-fi"-y, you won't be grabbing the edge of your seat, but unless you're a robot, you *will* care.

I really liked this movie... enough to write my first review on this site just to offset those petty little haters who have to drag all their obnoxious prejudices about the movie THEY would have made into every discussion. If you like Vincent D'Onofrio and can handle a romantic storyline, you'll like this film.

As an added bonus, see if you can spot the actor who now serves as Geico's Rod-Serling-like pitchman , looking very little like he does now, in a small role (I had a good ten-minute "where the HELL do I KNOW that guy from?" experience over it)... not to mention H. Jon Benjamin before his voice developed into the comedic rusty honk he's known for today (e.g., as Archer).

Don't let the very few crappy reviews of this film even register with you; it's a romantic little indie film that holds up very well, keeps you interested and caring right to the end.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Vale-Allen VINE VOICE on April 13, 2003
Format: DVD
I'm not a Maria Tomei fan. But here's a film that not only makes her look truly lovely, it gives her an opportunity to shine. It also has Tovah Feldshuh (who in the past has regularly played a deeply annoying attorney on Law & Order) giving a fine, controlled performance as Tomei's mother. The movie, of course, is D'Onofrio's. His character is just so unpredictable (light years beyond his over-the-top, yet immensely watchable geekiness on L & O Criminal Intent) in every way, that without any evident effort he makes the movie entirely his own. Is he a time-traveler, or is he just charmingly nuts? There are hilarious moments, warm and touching moments, confusing moments--all leading to a hugely gratifying conclusion. The editing is tight as a tick, the performances are all spot-on, and New York actually looks like a place where you might want to live (as long as you don't mind relaxing in a state of danger). Catch this one!
Highly recommended.
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