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Happy Accidents

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Brad Anderson
Produced by Caroline Kaplan
Written by Brad Anderson
Starring Vincent D'Onofrio
Marisa Tomei
Music by Evan Lurie
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Editing by Brad Anderson
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date(s) August 24, 2001
Running time 110 min.
Country United States
Language English

Happy Accidents is a 2000 film starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio. The movie revolves around Ruby Weaver, a New York woman with a string of failed relationships, and Sam Deed, a man who claims to be from the year 2470. The film was shot almost entirely in Brooklyn, New York.



Ruby Weaver (Marisa Tomei) is weary of her long history of failed relationships with men when she meets Sam Deed (Vincent D'Onofrio) in a park. But after the two fall in love, Ruby becomes suspicious of Sam's past and under pressure from her, he finally explains that he is really from the year 2470 and is what he calls a "back traveler". Ruby initially ignores this story, considering it yet another case of male nerdy weirdness, but after Sam's persistence, apparent conviction, and growing agitation, she begins to wonder. Finally she takes him to see her therapist (Holland Taylor). Ruby becomes worried as to Sam's sanity when he states that everything he has done was a deliberate attempt to change her life. At the close of the film it is revealed that not only Deed, but the psychologist too, are in fact "back travelers," and Deed is shown using the emotional component of a controversial idea called the Cheeseman Theory to reverse time himself in order to save Weaver from being hit by an onrushing car that had killed her in her previous lives.

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Happy Accidents was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2000. The film later opened in limited release on August 24, 2001 to 2 screens in New York City, New York earning $14,840 on its opening weekend before reaching a widest release of 49 screens and grossing a total of $688,523 domestically in the United States.[1]

In his review of the film Roger Ebert describes Happy Accidents as being "essentially silliness crossed with science fiction", giving the film a rating of 3 out of 4 stars.[2] Ebert's co-host on Ebert & Roeper, Richard Roeper, enjoyed the film even more and ranked it #8 on his top ten films of the year list.

On Happy Accidents has a freshness of 72%[3].


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