Accidents Happen
Accidents Happen (2010)

A dysfunctional New England family relies on the son prone to witnessing horrible accidents to get them though the hard times in this wry period comedy drama set in the 1980s. Billy Conway never set out to see the gruesome side of life, he… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Orndorf

Star power helps Happen immensely, giving this dreary, confused picture a lift when it needs it the most. Too bad Davis couldn't fill all the roles. The film could've benefited with a little more of her personality.

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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's as if Carbee and Lancaster were unsure themselves: were they making a bitter-sweet, ironic memoir of adolescence? Or were they making a melodrama? Both tone and pace jerk all over the place...

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Jim Schembri
Sydney Morning Herald

Accidents Happen quite easily commits the menu of sins that have long dogged Australian films: bad direction, unfocused story, thin characterisation, emotional incoherence and almost no idea what type of film it is supposed to be.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

What emotional life there is in this set up - and with so much is going on, there isn't much - is crushed by dreadful narration.

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Giles Hardie
Sydney Morning Herald

This take-no-prisoners family flick is not your average suburban trip.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

I think this is an extraordinary film, it's like no other I can think of in this country's history.

Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)

The main appeal of this modest and rambling slice of life is writer Brian Carbeeā(TM)s delicious dialogue, which provides Davis with a string of amusing and acidic verbal put-downs.

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Fiona Williams

It's left to Davis to rise above the limitations of the material, and she does so valiantly, but the scenes lack the wallop of the intended emotional payoff.

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Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)

It's cloaked in dark humour, but has a profoundly moving core, and while grief is one of its themes, it's not remotely depressing. It's cathartic. It aims at the sorts of emotions that many of us have carefully kept buried, only to release them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Darkly moving, and very entertaining. I wasn't sure what to expect based on the synopsis, trusting that Geena Davis would deliver. She did, and did it… More
Todd Smith
It is so good to finally see Geena Davis back on the big screen! Davis has always been one of my favorite actresses, showing a quick wit and a calm demeanor… More
Thomas Johnston
Accidents Happen???? More like shit happens!! I do not know how this movie went under my radar. Life is full of accidents and this family and neighbors cope… More
Sol C
This film took me by surprise. From the trailer I wasn't expecting much. I thought the acting in the film was really good. It was great seeing Geena Davis… More
Cast: Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Harry Cook, Joel Tobeck, Sebastian Gregory, Erik Thomson, Morgan Griffin, Rebecca Massey, Sarah Woods Director:… More