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Happy Now (2001)





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New wrinkles are added to an old crime when a spitting image of the victim shows up in this dark comedy. Pen-y-wig is a small town along the southern coast of Wales where, in 1988, Jenny Thomas (Emmy Rossum) won first prize in a local beauty contest. On her way home, Jenny began having car trouble, and when Tin Man (Om Puri), a local oddball, found her stranded by the side of the road, he offered to go find help. Jenny was soon approached by Joe (Richard Coyle), a boy she had been dating, as well as Joe's friend Glen (Paddy Considine). Jenny and Joe got into a quarrel, and when Jenny tripped and fell, she struck her head and died immediately. Panicked, Joe and Glen told the police that Tin Man had killed Jenny, and he was found guilty and sentenced to a lengthy stay behind bars. In 2000, Jenny's sister, Tina Trent (Susan Lynch), returns to Pen-y-wig after spending several years in Alaska, and she brings along her teenaged daughter, Nicky Trent, who bears a striking resemblance to Jenny (and is also played by Emmy Rossum). Nicky's arrival in town inspires no small amount of gossip about the death of her aunt, which is bad news for Glen, currently running for a seat in an upcoming local election. As it happens, Tin Man is due to be released from jail soon, and Max (Ioan Gruffudd), a police detective new to the community, begins looking at the loose ends of the case against Tin Man, certain there's more to the story than he's been told. Max also develops a personal interest in the case when he becomes involved with Nicky, who is living with her mother in the same rooming house that Max calls home. Happy Now was the first feature film from director and screenwriter Philippa Collie-Cousins, who in 1999 won the BAFTA award for Best Short Film for her comedy The Deadness of Dad. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Ioan Gruffudd
as Max Bracchi
Susan Lynch
as Tina Trent
Om Puri
as Tin Man
Emmy Rossum
as Nicky Trent, Jenny Thomas
Paddy Considine
as Glen Marcus
Richard Coyle
as Joe Jones
Robert Pugh
as Hank Thomas
John Henshaw
as Pete Copsey
Alison Steadman
as Bronwyn Race
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