Accidental Love

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Accidental Love
Accidental Love poster.jpg
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
Matthew Silverstein
Dave Jeser
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 comedy film directed by David O. Russell (under a pseudonym) and written by Russell, Kristin Gore, Matthew Silverstein and Dave Jeser, from the novel Sammy's Hill by Gore. The film stars Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan and 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 increased 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]



Principal photography began in April 2008.[3] In April 2008, James Caan dropped out of the film, after "creative differences" over his character's death scene.[4] Production was delayed or shut down four times in 2008, resulting in IATSE shutting down production because the crew was not getting paid.[5] In May 2009, Jessica Biel spoke about the film's production turmoil, saying: "That was definitely an experience, something I could not say no to. I am a huge David O. Russell fan. It’s just heartbreaking that so many people put so much work into this particular project only to have it sit there, unfinished. But it’s one of those things where we had no idea it would have happened. If I’d had an idea that it might happen, would I still have done it? I don’t know. Probably. I had an incredible experience with David and the rest of the cast. It made me a better actor. For all that, I’m devastated that it’s not finished and who knows when it will be and will come out. I still have my fingers crossed that something good will come of it, that it will be finished."[6]

In July 2010, David O. Russell quit the film, and the film's missing scenes were set to be re shot without his involvement.[7] He spoke about quitting the film, saying: "This has been a painful process for me. The multiple production delays and stoppages, which were caused by David Bergstein and preceded Ron Tutor's direct involvement with me, have now spanned two years, and the circumstances under which the film would now be completed are much different on several fundamental levels than when we embarked several years ago. I, unfortunately, am no longer involved in the project and cannot call it 'my' film. I wish Ron Tutor well."[7]

In February 2014, Russell spoke about the film to Collider, saying: "That was like, “How can it get much lower than getting divorced, having to put your kid in a special boarding school at a young age, and being broke and not knowing how to make a movie?” Well, it can get worse. You can make a movie that doesn’t get completed because of mysterious financing. So, I wrote a film with Kristin Gore, Al Gore’s daughter, who’s a terrific writer and a terrific person. It was based on a book she’d written, and it was a satire about health care. It was about a woman who had a nail gun go off into her head, by accident. Jessica Biel was terrific in the picture, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Catherine Keener, and Tracy Morgan was hysterical in it. And then, it didn’t get finished. It got shut down nine times, which is an existential Kafka-esque experience, in itself. It also happened to Taylor Hackford. They made a movie with Taylor Hackford, as well. And I really shouldn’t talk about it much more than that, for legal reasons, but it was really weird except that I got to know and love those actors, and I got to love the state of South Carolina, which is where we were."[8]


In March 2011, an unfinished cut of the film was screened in Los Angeles.[9] The film was released on VOD on February 10, 2015.[10] The film was released in a limited release on March 20, 2015 bringing in a low gross of $4,500.[2]


Accidental Love received negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 6% approval rating, with a rating average of 2.7/10, based on 16 reviews.[11] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 20 based on 10 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[12]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 28, 2015.[13]


  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. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Caan Quits David O. Russell's 'Nailed'". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Nikki Finke. "David O. Russell Film Shut Down 4th Time". Deadline. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Jessica Biel Mourns David O. Russell's Nailed - /Film". Slashfilm. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Kim Masters. "David O. Russell quits long-delayed 'Nailed'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "David O. Russell Talks Career, Awards Process, Nailed, and More at SBIFF". Collider. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "'Nailed' Gets Test Screening, Though Nobody Told The Cast And Filmmakers". Deadline. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Nailed Trailer: See the Abandoned David O. Russell Film - /Film". Slashfilm. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Accidental Love". 20 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Accidental Love". Metacritic. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Accidental Love: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan, Kirstie Alley, James Brolin, Stephen Greene: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2015-05-04. 

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