Happy Texas – Filtered

Theatrical Release: October 1, 1999
DVD Release: April 11, 2000
Happy Texas  – Filtered


A pair of convicts hide out in a small Texas town, assuming the identity of two gay professional pageant producers. As they try to make a group of small girls ready for the Little Miss Squeezed Pageant, the two men plan a heist, but then gain feelings for the people in this quaint community.

Dove Review

Two escaped cons steal a camper, only to be picked up by a local sheriff who assumes they are the camper’s owners – a gay couple hired by the town of Happy, Texas to put on a kids’ talent and beauty pageant. In order to keep up the facade with the hope of robbing the town’s bank, one of the criminals endures the gay sheriff’s advances, while the other attempts to help the pageant girls of Happy win the competition by assembling a song-and-dance routine. Although the results are sometimes quite funny, this film contains themes that cannot be approved by Dove, and the ClearPlay filter does not edit enough material to change that fact. Ultimately, the two criminals become so attached to the town and it’s residents that they forgo their criminal intentions and try and help the town instead, which at least shows the potential of friendship to change people for the better.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Man and woman kiss; some sexual innuendos throughout film; photo of two men kissing.
Language: Slang for male genitalia-2; read lips D-1; GD-1; OMG-1
Violence: Man hits man on head; man punches man; girl punches man.
Drugs: Beer drunk twice; cigarettes smoked a few times.
Nudity: None
Other: References to homosexuality throughout film - two men go on a date to a gay bar; men pretend to be a gay couple; men holding hands, etc.


Company: Miramax Pictures
Director: Mark Illsley
Producer: Mark Illsley, Rick Montgomery, and Ed Stone
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 99 min.
Reviewer: Samantha Kubik