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Happy Texas 1999 ***

 

Steve Zahn’s return to prominence via The Dallas Buyers Club is reason enough to exhume one of the sweeter films in the Minnesota- born actor’s resume. Zahn brings his easy charm to his role as Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr, an escaped convict who teams up with Harry (Jeremy Northam) who go under-cover as a gay couple in the small town of Happy Texas, where they become involved in a beauty pageant that tests their abilities to conceal their true orientation. Mark Illsley’s whimsical comedy is an amiable, good humoured affair, with support from William H Macy, Illeanna Douglas and Ron Perlman, and it’s a cheerful precursor to indie hits Little Miss Sunshine and Sunshine Cleaning.

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