Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Happy Accidents


I don’t remember seeing the trailers for this film when it premiered in 2000, but I’m glad that I got to see it this week. This film was written and directed by Brad Anderson and stars Marissa Tomei, Vincent D’onofrio, Holland Taylor, Jose Zuniga and Nadia Dajani. Sometimes, my insomnia has its benefits.


Ruby Weaver (Marissa Tomei) lives in New York and has a knack for dating losers. She’s seeing a Therapist played by the delightful actress, Holland Taylor, who is known for her cutting edge wit on Two and a Half Men. She plays Charlie (Charlie Sheen) and Alan’s (Jon Cryer) mother on the show.

Ruby has to set boundaries and take care of her own needs and show concern for others. She is having a hard time with this exercise, when she meets Sam Deed (Vincent D’Onofrio) who claims that he is from Dubuque Iowa on the Atlantic Coast. Yeah, that slip makes Ruby curious and after much prodding, Sam admits that he is from the future 2470


His time is a world where the ice caps have melted and Iowa is the new coastline. Children are not begotten by conventional ways but cloned by corporations. Sam’s parents live on a reservation and produced Sam the old fashion way via sex. He tells Ruby he’s there to save her life. Ruby loves Sam and so does her parents, but is Sam telling the truth or is he a little crazy? Ruby doesn’t know and on top of this quandary, she thinks Sam is cheating on her with someone called Christie Delancey.
The supporting cast includes: Jose Zuniga a co-worker of Sam’s, Nadia Dajani a close friend of Ruby’s, Tovah Fedlshuh as Ruby’s mother. Anthony Michael Hall makes a guest appearance as himself. The film is humorous science fiction, but it is done well and received positive reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, and received 3 out of 4 stars by Robert Ebert.

I liked the movie and highly recommend it and give it a 4 star rating.

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