Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she’s stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover, Sam Deed, seems different: he’s sweet, tender, just in from Dubuque. But, as Ruby tells her therapist about Sam, in flashbacks we see someone not quite of this world. In fact, Sam informs Ruby that he’s from the future, 2470 to be exact, traveling back in time to avoid prosecution for his sister’s death, and to find Ruby, whose photo he saw back home. Ruby’s sure he’s delusional, but most of the time she wants to keep him – and maybe fix him. Although he seems sane, maybe Sam hasn’t told her the real story: what’s he up to, and who is Chrystie Delancey? –IMDb
Brad Anderson (born 1964) is a film director. A director of thriller and horror films and television projects, he is best known for having directed The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale, as well as producing and directing several installments of the FOX science-fiction series Fringe.
Anderson was born in Madison, Connecticut, the son of Pamela Taylor Anderson, a community services administrator. He is the nephew of Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor. Before he began his film career, he attended Bowdoin College, where he majored in anthropology and Russian. He then went to London to finish his film education before returning to Boston.
His films have varied from Sundance Film Festival audience favorites (and romantic comedies) Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Happy Accidents (2000) to darker films such as Session 9 (2001) and The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale. He was inspired to use the Danvers State Hospital… read more
I was completely smitten by the film. Instead of the manic pixie dream girl, we get the frantic time traveling dream guy. D'Onofrio and Tomei have great chemistry, and Brad Anderson's skills as a director really shine in this. I enjoyed that it explored love and madness through a sci-fi prism.
I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest fan sci-fi romantic comedies. For every Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there's three What Women Want. But Happy Accidents firmly belongs with the former camp. It's a clever, well-written, and very well-acted sci-fi tragicomedy. Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio are absolutely brilliant, and director Brad Anderson shows off some very clever camera-work. There are a couple plot speed bumps along the way, as well as an unclear framing device, but the movie's so enjoyable that you'll look right past them.