Happy, Texas
Happy, Texas (1999)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A smart, light-hearted romantic comedy, Happy, Texas uses its well-written script and exceptional cast to prove there's still life left in the fish-out-of-water caper genre.

Emanuel Levy

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.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Northam provides low-key comic counterpoint to Zahn's hilariously manic turn. Macy's deadpan, earnest sheriff is the one to watch, though.

Michael Dequina

Every bit as cheery as the title implies--but good will can only go so far.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A charming fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, the modestly budgeted Happy, Texas more than makes up in heart what it lacks in splash.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

Anybody with a soft spot for fakers, who either identifies with them or just admires their chutzpah, is going to get a kick out of Happy, Texas.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

first-time filmmaker Illsley displays a surprisingly firm yet gentle hand with both his script and his enormously appealing cast.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies

This is one of those comedies that doesn't pound us on the head with the obvious, but simply lets us share vast amusement.

Brian Mckay

Odd couple buddy picture with Rom-Com elements that work. Zhan gives one of his most hysterical performances to date. Lighthearted, watchable, and fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
My husband and I consider this one of our all time favorites. Not only did it have one of my favorite actors, William H. Macy, but the whole subject matter was… More
_kelly .King
great cast take on a complete crap screenplay. enormously un-funny, and barely watchable
Megan S
It was okay but definitely not hilarious...I think maybe I laughed once. I think the movie had a lot of potential but it fell flat.
Curtis Lilly
The light is green.
Film Crazy
i pretty terrible film really i wouldnt recomend it to anyone!
Dean McKenna
This film is modest, easygoing and likable, just like the town of the title, with many amusing performances - especially Steve Zahn as a dim bulb who suddenly… More