Quirkytown, USA
If nothing else, Happy, Texas proves yet again that William H. Macy is one of the best actors in America. He's not playing the lead here?a shame, since he should always play the lead. But he makes what could have been merely an eccentric and interesting supporting part?a small-town Texas sheriff with mysterious motives?into an object of sheer fascination. It's a textbook example of how to create a great performance by withholding as much as possible, giving the audience exactly as much information as it needs at the exact moment it's needed. Describing exactly what it is that Macy does requires giving away some key surprises; if you don't like surprises spoiled, you'll probably want to take a powder after the next paragraph and go see the movie..