Accidents Happen


This quirky drama doesn't quite gel as well as expected

Accidents Happen review

This would-be slice of Wes Anderson-style bonding-through-misery falls flat, despite Geena Davis as a matriarch with a mouth like a sailor.

After opening with an impressive barbecue gone wrong, the tone veers drastically between fumbled black comedy and equally fumbled tragedy, as Davis and her sons deal with the fallout from not one, but two fatal car crashes.

Davis works hard, but the life drains from the screen when she’s not around, and the uneven teen cast struggle to lift proceedings above the mundane.

Nine years after her last lead role, she deserves better.

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