When two inmates escape from prison they will accidentally wind up in a little town called Happy, Texas. There they will be accidentally mistaken for a gay couple that is supposed to participate in a town’s Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant.

I mean from the start this movie sounds funny, two convicts playing a gay couple in a small town, and when you add awesome performances by Steve Zahn and William H. Macy this movie gets keel over funny. Banking on that plot, the situational humor is great with a grand finale that I remember even today. Very entertaining and amusing it is perfect as a Sunday flick, so relax and get ready to laugh.

Although Happy, Texas is a definition of a happy-go-lucky comedy with that positive atmosphere that will make you believe in the world, there’s something far more sinister beneath the surface. Depending on your phase in life, you might see it as phenomenal comedy, as did I all those years ago, or as a truly depressing statement about people and our society. Just take the criminal, gay and beauty pageant elements and you can immediately see how something just doesn’t add up. Especially when you consider the ending of the movie. Although I might have gone too far in analysis and started seeing patterns that weren’t really there. Anywhoo, check out the movie and think about it afterwards…

Director: Mark Illsley

Cast: Steve Zahn, Jeremy Northam, William H. Macy, Ally Walker, M.C. Gainey, Ron Perlman

Fun Stuff: William H. Macy’s character has a discussion on the phone where he complains he cannot read a smudgy fax, and the message should be mailed, not faxed. This is exactly like a conversation his character has in Fargo (1996).


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162360/

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