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San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Sweet and hilarious, a classic crowd-pleaser which elevates rather than eviscerates the homespun eccentrics who make up its cast of characters.
Mary Elizabeth Williams
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.
A fresh, well-written comedy that doesn't lag, casts its actors against type and has a real love for its characters.
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.
A comedy of '90s sexual inclusiveness as effervescent as a cold sody pop -- and about as intoxicating.
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.
San Francisco Examiner
It's soft-edged fun that loses direction (or, given the scattershot plot, directions).
Its charm and humor will be overshadowed for some by the exploitation of gay stereotypes--which is ironic, since their arch usage ultimately allows the movie to be progressive, if only slightly.
Neither the actors nor their characters engender much affection.
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