Happy, Texas


Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Sweet and hilarious, a classic crowd-pleaser which elevates rather than eviscerates the homespun eccentrics who make up its cast of characters.
  3. 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.
  4. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    An easy charm, a cleverly unforced sense of humor and a benignity toward all its genially oddball characters. If moviegoers skip this one, they'll be missing a real treat.
  5. So full of winning performances and so disarmingly uncynical in its affection for its characters, it manages to leave you with a Texas-size grin on your face anyway.
  6. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Keeps the laughs coming, and a dynamo named Steve Zahn is the cheif reason why. It's a one-joke movie, but the cast knows how to sell it.
  7. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    Zahn's dazed and confused, droopy-mustached dude steals every scene he's in...a movie that will make you smile and put a lump in your throat.
  8. A fresh, well-written comedy that doesn't lag, casts its actors against type and has a real love for its characters.
  9. The performances are first-rate, with the always inventive Macy a standout as the hopeful, tormented Chappy, and Zahn a scream as the lovably imbecilic Wayne.
  10. 75
    This is one of those comedies that doesn't pound us on the head with the obvious, but simply lets us share vast amusement.
  11. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    It's a funny and occasionally poignant movie.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    I can't imagine anyone not feeling entertained by Happy, Texas.
  13. 70
    Along with a lot of 10-gallon laughs, Happy, Texas rustles up plenty of goodwill for its larcenous, sexually ambiguous leading men.
  14. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Steve Zahn shines throughout Mark Illsley's feature debut, Happy, Texas, elevating this eccentric small-town comedy a notch or two above its level of writing.
  15. 70
    A very cynical exploitation of the current Hollywood vogue for things queer. Still, the film is a must-see.
  16. So soft-hearted it wouldn't hurt a fly.
  17. A comedy of '90s sexual inclusiveness as effervescent as a cold sody pop -- and about as intoxicating.
  18. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Bill McLochlin
    Zahn, however, is definitely the star of the film, with his quirky portrayal of Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr. getting all of the laughs, and none of the credit.
  19. It's soft-edged fun that loses direction (or, given the scattershot plot, directions).
  20. Don't expect a lot, and you'll probably enjoy Happy, Texas, as I did -- mostly. At the very least, Steve Zahn will make you laugh.

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