What Happened Was...
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Two vaguely acquainted co-workers meet for a first date. This is the deceptively simple premise of What Happened Was..., the directorial debut of actor and playwright Tom Noonan. Noonan also portrays Michael, a paralegal; Karen Sillas plays Jackie, an executive assistant at the same New York law firm. The film limits itself to their first encounter outside the office, a dinner date at Jackie's apartment, and allows the evening to unfold at a natural, unforced pace. Michael and Jackie are humorously awkward at first, nervously focusing their conversations on the office; in these early… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This intense, mysterious drama about a date between two lonely misfits, is sensitively directed by Tom Noonan, better known as an actor; it was the surprise winner of the Grand Jury Prize of the 1994 Sundance Film Festival."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"A darky amusing but sadly poignant look at dating and deception."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"More like a bad real first date than a movie."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Brilliantly executed psychodrama about all the emotions that come to the fore in dating."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Absorbing character-based drama that yields plenty of nuances and variations on its simple premise."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"This one really moves and breathes."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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