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Accidental Love

Accidental Love
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David O. Russell (as Stephen Greene)
Produced by Kia Jam
Judd Payne
Matthew Rhodes
Screenplay by David O. Russell (as Stephen Greene)
Kristin Gore
Dave Jeser
Matt Silverstein
Based on Sammy's Hill
by Kristin Gore
Starring Jessica Biel
Jake Gyllenhaal
Catherine Keener
James Marsden
Tracy Morgan
James Brolin
Music by John Swihart
Cinematography Max Malkin
Edited by Mark Bourgeois
Robert K. Lambert
K. JAM Media
Persistent Entertainment
Vocal Yokels
Distributed by Millennium Entertainment
Release dates
  • February 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26 million[1]
Box office $4,500[2]

Accidental Love is a 2015 American James Brolin.

The story is about Alice, a small-town waitress who is accidentally shot in the head by a nail gun. Her lack of health insurance renders her unable to have the nail removed, leading to mood swings and hypersexual behavior as a result of brain damage. Alice then heads to Washington, DC to campaign for those with bizarre injuries, with the support of an unprincipled Congressman.

Production started in 2008 under the title Nailed, but filming was frequently halted due to financial difficulties, leading to Russell quitting the project in 2010. The film was completed without his involvement and Russell has since disowned it, the finished product credited to "Stephen Greene." The film was released on February 10, 2015, before a limited release on March 20, 2015 by Millennium Entertainment.[2] Reviews for Accidental Love were largely negative.


  • Cast 1
  • Production 2
  • Release 3
  • Reception 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6



Red Wagon Productions' Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher first developed the property, hiring Kristin Gore—daughter of Al Gore—to adapt the screenplay based on her 2004 novel Sammy's Hill.[3] In 2008, Russell was named the director of the film, then titled Nailed. Russell, Wick, and Fisher were reportedly promised a budget of $26 million by Capitol Films, a production company led by then-Hollywood newcomer David Bergstein.[4] Principal photography began in April 2008.[5] That month, James Caan dropped out of the film, after "creative differences" over his character's death scene.[6] Production was shut down frequently—as many as 14 times—for nonpayment of the cast and crew, leading to walk-outs by stars Biel and Gyllenhaal as well as several crew members.[7] Bergstein attributed the film's financial woes to the 2008 financial collapse, but the filmmakers believed they were being "intentionally squeezed." In a dispute over control of the film, and to prevent the possibility of Capitol releasing an unpolished version of the film, Wick and Fisher decided to withhold film negatives and postpone shooting the crucial sequence in which Biel's character is injured with a nail gun until the final day of filming. As a result of one of the unions eventually pulling support for the film with only two days left to shoot, the sequence was not shot and the film was left incomplete.[4]

In early 2010, the film's financier

External links

  1. ^ "Accidental Love". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Specialty Box Office: David O. Russell's Shelved 'Love' B". Indiewire. 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kim Masters. "'"David O. Russell quits long-delayed 'Nailed. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d Labrecque, Jeff. "The David O. Russell Film You Were Never Supposed to See".  
  5. ^ Nikki Finke. "ON SET DRAMA UPDATE: SAG Orders Actors On David O. Russell Film To Leave; Jessica Biel & Jake Gyllenhall Sidelined". Deadline. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "'"Caan Quits David O. Russell's 'Nailed. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Carpenter, Cassie. "David O. Russell's shelved 2008 film starring Jessica Biel is renamed Accidental Love and will be released February 10".  
  8. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. Nailed' Gets Test Screening, Though Nobody Told The Cast And Filmmakers"'". Deadline. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Nailed Trailer: See the Abandoned David O. Russell Film - /Film". Slashfilm. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Accidental Love: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan, Kirstie Alley, James Brolin, Stephen Greene: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  11. ^ Dowd, A.A. (July 27, 2015). "No, I didn’t call your shitty movie a "comedic masterstroke": An open letter to Mongrel Media".  
  12. ^ Dowd, A.A. (July 27, 2015). "Mongrel Media Has Apologized for Misquoting Our Review".  
  13. ^ "Accidental Love". 20 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Accidental Love". Metacritic. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 


Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 7% approval rating, with a rating average of 3.2/10, based on 29 reviews.[13] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 20 based on 13 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[14]


Following a home video release by Mongrel Media in Canada, A.A. Dowd, film critic with The A.V. Club, accused the company of quoting his review out of context, turning an otherwise negative film review into a misleading positive endorsement.[11] In response to the accusation, Mongrel Media issued an apology and claimed they would remove the quote from further prints of the DVD.[12]

In March 2011, an unfinished cut of the film was screened in Los Angeles.[8] The film was released on VOD on February 10, 2015.[9] The film was released in a limited release on March 20, 2015 bringing in a low gross of $4,500.[2] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on April 28, 2015.[10]


Capitol Productions went bankrupt in 2010 and the property was purchased in 2014 by independent distributor Millennium Entertainment for an undisclosed sum. Retitled Accidental Love, a cut was assembled under producer Kia Jam, a former executive with Capitol, who said, “People are expecting to see a broken film, and it’s not. We tried very much to be respectful of the creative forces behind it.”[4] With the film set to be released, Russell negotiated with the Directors Guild of America to remove his name from the film; he is credited for his roles as director and co-writer as "Stephen Greene,"[4] an alternative to the former official pseudonym, Alan Smithee, used by directors wishing to disown a film.


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