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Happy, Texas is a fish-out-of-water comedy about two con men who escape from prison, then pose as gay lovers to hide out in a small Texas town. Mistaken for consultants to the Little Miss Fresh Squeezed Beauty Pageant, Harry (Jeremy Northam) and Wayne (Steve Zahn) go along with the ruse so they can stake out the local bank, owned by Josephine "Joe" McClintock (Ally Walker). The story kicks into high gear as Harry starts falling in love with Joe but cannot let on about his feelings. Also complicating matters is that gay Sheriff Dent (William H. Macy) has the hots for Harry, and Harry… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Steve Zahn shines in Illsley's feature debut, elevating this eccentric small-town comedy two notches above the level of writing. Using the fish out of water format, this Sundance premiere begins well but then declines rapidly."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Northam provides low-key comic counterpoint to Zahn's hilariously manic turn. Macy's deadpan, earnest sheriff is the one to watch, though."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"first-time filmmaker Illsley displays a surprisingly firm yet gentle hand with both his script and his enormously appealing cast."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Very, very, tears-rolling-down-your-face funny."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"...an irresistibly winsome and winning comedy..."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"A charming fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, the modestly budgeted Happy, Texas more than makes up in heart what it lacks in splash."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This is one of those comedies that doesn't pound us on the head with the obvious, but simply lets us share vast amusement."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Odd couple buddy picture with Rom-Com elements that work. Zhan gives one of his most hysterical performances to date. Lighthearted, watchable, and fun."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"...although it reverts to slapstick for its set-piece chase finale, for most of its length Mark Illsley's debut film offers an unexpectedly gentle, even sentimental comedy of sexual identities..."
‑ Philip Kemp, Sight and Sound
"It's a breath of fresh air to review a film that, having received an award from the Sundance Film Festival, actually deserves the accolade."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Happy, Texas is a hoot, a hilarious comedy that's smart and caring, yet sexy and ingenious enough that it just might stir up some of that elusive Full Monty-style box-office appeal."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Every bit as cheery as the title implies--but good will can only go so far."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The set-up is so strong that it's impressive to see it progress so effortlessly."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Bank-robbery/beauty-pageant caper is sweet, silly fun."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Jeremy Northam gives a deft performance and Steve Zahn is especially brilliant in delineating his character's transformation from illiterate lug to finicky choreographer."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
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