Happy, Texas

"OK"

Happy, Texas Review


Since few people saw Drop Dead Gorgeous, Happy, Texas will likely not be remembered as the second beauty pageant comedy of 1999.

The lighthearted story of two convicted felons who break out of jail and find themselves impersonating a pair of gay pageant producers in the sleepy town of Happy, Texas, this film has a lot riding on what amounts to a one-joke concept.

And boy, how they work that joke! Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr. (Zahn) and Harry Sawyer (Northam) are complete opposites. They both find love interests in the town, but everyone thinks they're gay! Even the sheriff (Macy) thinks so, if you catch my drift. And they don't know anything about beauty pageants! Oh, the comic possibilities!

And for the most part, those possibilities are wasted. Whereas a film like Waiting for Guffman took a more savvy approach to basically the same movie, Happy wastes its energy on one increasingly lame gay joke after another. Add to that the fact that Walker and Douglas (born: Massachusetts) just don't fit as Texas belles, and Happy is a bit of a mess. Sure, it's cute and funny at times (thank the hilarious Zahn for that), but overall, Happy is flat.



Happy, Texas

Facts and Figures

Run time: 98 mins

In Theaters: Friday 3rd December 1999

Distributed by: Miramax Films

Production compaines: Marked Entertainment, Miramax Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Fresh: 42 Rotten: 10

IMDB: 6.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr., William H. Macy as Sheriff Chappy Dent, as Harry Sawyer, as Josephine 'Joe' McClintock, as Marshal Nalhober


Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Movie Review

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Movie Review

Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise. Along with...

Beyond the Reach Movie Review

Beyond the Reach Movie Review

With a spectacular setting and two solid actors on-screen, this thriller builds enough solid suspense...

Cub Movie Review

Cub Movie Review

At a time when horror movies seem to only want to make the audience jump,...

Inside Out Movie Review

Inside Out Movie Review

Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to...

Advertisement
Southpaw Movie Review

Southpaw Movie Review

Slick direction and meaty performances may be enough for some viewers, but this boxing drama's...

Eden Movie Review

Eden Movie Review

Loose and impressionistic, this beautifully shot film traces the career of a DJ who pioneered...

The Gallows Movie Review

The Gallows Movie Review

Without a single moment of originality, this found-footage horror movie really deserves to be the...

Self/Less Movie Review

Self/Less Movie Review

An intriguing premise keeps the audience gripped for about 20 minutes before the movie runs...

Advertisement