This is an odd story that defies cubbyholing. Is it a straight romance? Is it a postmodern jumble of self-observation and distorting mirrors? Is it sci-fi?
There is a love story here. Ruby has a history of getting involved in codependent relationships. Along comes Sam Deed, a sweet, caring, nice guy from Dubuque who is adrift in Manhattan. So very adrift that Ruby starts wondering if there’s something up with Sam; her therapist (in a gorgeous apartment overlooking Central Park) sees him as more of a bad habit.
But there’s more going on. Ruby finds clues, and confronts Sam. Sam responds with a story that sends her into despair. This sweet guy, her Sam, is really nuts. Delusional, or if she takes him for what he claims to be: a time traveller.
You really don’t know what to think about Sam right until the end of the movie. In fact, I’m still sorting it all out in my head. It’s the kind of story where you want to go back and pay attention to the clues you missed the first time, ala The Sixth Sense. There was only one false note in the whole movie, and it had to do with the therapist. And I’ll leave that as enough said.
In the meantime, Happy Accidents is that elusive beast, a good date movie, fun and thought provoking, well written, beautifully shot and edited, with good performances all around.
Thanks! We love Netflix and are always looking for good movies. We have about 4 or five movie nights a week in our house.
Keep the suggestions coming!
I need a good romance movie after I was so disappointed with Tristan & Isolde.
Dude, ditto, I missed this one too. One more thing to add to my to be rented list.
I rented this movie last night after reading your post and having also liked The Whole Wide World. I liked Happy Accidents (Vincent D’Onofrio) a lot – always on the lookout for quirky romance movies.
Kristy– so glad you liked it. Have a list of quirky romance movies to share?
Let’s see…Bridget Jones (I love Hugh Grant and Colin Firth), Music from Another Room, Love Actually (see comment about Bridget Jones), Green Card, Life is Beautiful.
Quirky romance movies(sifting through the posts)hmmm,only QRM movie I own is French Kiss,with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan.not sure if that qualifies as “Quirky”