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Happy, Texas
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Starring: Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy, Ally Walker, Illeana Douglas
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Miramax
Kiddie Movie: Not too young, mostly adult humor.
Date Movie: Sure. Bring her along.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah, but if you're homophobic you might get squeamish.
Gratuitous Violence: Some shooting.
Action: It had a fun chase scene.
Laughs: Lots of cute chuckles.
Memorable Scene: Nothing memorable.
Memorable Quote: "So we're gay, how hard can that be?"
Directed By: Mark Illsley
Produced By: Mark Illsley, Rick Montgomery, Ed Stone

Happy, Texas
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:38 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
There it was, Sunday morning, and I'm reading my newspaper. I figure I should try to catch a movie that afternoon since the Browns weren't being televised in Chicago again (I've got to get a satellite dish), but I'm looking at what is out there and I'm torn. I could go see "Body Shots," it supposedly has a lot of sex and nudity; I could go see "Three to Tango," it's got Neve Campbell; I decided on "Happy, Texas." It was a good choice for the matinee.

"Happy, Texas" is about these two convicts, Harry Sawyer (Jeremy Northam) and Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr. (Steve Zahn). That's not a misprint, his name is Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr. By some twists of events they end up on the run, free men as it were, and steal an RV, finding themselves in Happy, Texas. It seems the RV they stole belonged to these two gay guys who help train children for pageants, and as fate would have it, they were supposed to go to Happy to help with a pageant there. So, our heroes take the identity of the gay dudes and take residence in Happy to hopefully rob their bank.

The movie is cute, not a rip-roaring laugher, but just cute. Harry and Wayne are supposed to be homosexuals, faking the place of the pageant guys, but they are anything but. Harry falls for Jo (Ally Walker), but sadly can't get past the advice advances because, well, he's supposed to be gay. Wayne, on the other hand, gives up being gay for Ms. Schaefer (Illeana Douglas) when the girls qualify for the pageant. Also throwing a wrench in the mix is Sheriff Chappy (played by another of my favoritist actors William H. Macy). There are some other twists and turns, namely the re-appearance of one of the prisoners and, you can guess it, how Harry and Wayne end up liking the folks in the small town and aren't so sure about their bank robbery plans anymore.

The acting was alright, especially Macy and Zahn, and it had some cute laughs, especially Wayne as he would try to teach the little girls pageant moves.

In the end it's a cute story about life in a small town, and I was pleased I spent my five bucks on "Happy, Texas." 3 ½ stars out of 5. Not the greatest film, not the funniest film, but cute.

That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!



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