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(2001 TV Movie)

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Van Dien not only at his funniest...but sexiest as well!
ABernst10016 June 2002
This movie will make anyone who sees it not only get belly laughs...but cry as well. Van Dien is in top form as the charming phone solicitor who unknowingly falls in love with the daughter of a dying rock star whose vintage Mustang he is attempting to confiscate for non-payment. Lauren Grahame (of TV's "Gilmore Girls") exchanges hilarious one-liners with the offscreen Van Dien ("Moritz...rhymes with ----!). Funniest scenes ever...from the look on Van Dien's when confronted with his boss pointing a pistol at his head to when he walks, rather stiffly, out to perform his duty; Van Dien searching through his mailbox with thick padded gloves for snakes; Van Dien joining Grahame in a quickly soaking Mustang during a rainstorm. Most touching scene...Van Dien (in a Sgt. Pepper jacket and bath towel) revealing to the dying father who he is and requesting to court his daughter. All in all, a touching and hilarious film.
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Great acting and wonderful story make for a wholesome entertainment that is Chasing Destiny.
malven9724 November 2001
For wholesome entertainment, Chasing Destiny is simply the best. A must-see for the hopeless romantics. Great acting from all cast members. Lauren Graham is a revelation. Her sensitive portrayal of Jessy James is awesome. Her subtle acting is so effective as to make me feel the depth of her pain and loneliness and her confusion and reluctance to fall in love. This is a feel-good honest-to-goodness movie that I will never tire watching over and over again. Lauren Graham's beauty -- lovely face -- is the best thing that ever happened to the silver screen.
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9/10
'A charming and funny love story where fate takes surprising turns.'
groucho371029 August 2004
Anyone who has rented more than two videos knows that you can't always rely on the words on the back of the box to give you an accurate description of the movie within. So this time you'll get a nice surprise. This is not a big splashy movie. There is one short, funny chase, but no car chases, and although there are a few guns in evidence, no one comes anywhere near getting shot. This is what you might call a relationship movie, moved along by scenes involving lovers who may (or may not) be separated by deception, a parent and child trying to patch up a, well, patchy relationship before it's too late, and old friends just trying to survive in a world they've almost outlived. The cast works well together and makes you hope that everything will turn out well for all of these characters.

Casper Van Dien as the writer turned repo man turns in a performance that is smooth, funny, sexy, charming, and even subtle. Johnny Rico a romantic quoting Swinburne? Tarzan writing poetry? Well, yes. It works. Bobby Moritz may have a slick side, but you believe that he can be redeemed by love. Back To The Future's wild-eyed crazy man as a cranky but toned-down and ultimately lovable retired rock star? Well, yes again. After all, he's dying, he's not supposed to have the nutty professor's manic energy and purpose, and Christopher Lloyd shows that he has more gears than over-the-top. Roger Daltrey is almost unrecognizable, but still likable, as a seventies leftover who has neither cut his hair nor lost his talent-or stopped drinking-and Lauren Graham as the woman Bobby may (or may not) be destined to love forever plays sassy but vulnerable very well. The only scenes that are funny are the ones that are supposed to be, everything moves right along, you can actually care about the fate of the characters, and the ending jam session is a blast. A charming and funny love story-just like the box says.
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10/10
Just adding my 5 cents worth
Jodie (savagecharmed)14 July 2003
I really liked this movie, it has great comedy, but a sweet love/hate relationship. I thought it was a movie that contained all emotions from love to hate, and everything in between. Casper did a great job as always. I was lead to the movie for the cast, but enjoyed it enough to try to find a copy for sale here in Australia. I say if you wish to watch this movie, please bring your tissues along
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10/10
Great romantic comedy!
johntracytb529 August 2005
Cute, funny and bitter-sweet with an enduring message about life and love of all kinds: this film has it all. Casper Van Dien is thoroughly charming as "Bobby Moritz," the beleaguered romantic lead. He shows a wonderful sense of comic timing throughout the movie. Roger Daltrey is huggably adorable as the whiskey-voiced Nehemiah, the long-time pal and band-mate of 1960s rock star Jet James (Christopher Lloyd). Daltrey adds a great sense of humor to the film, a nice change from the far more serious roles he's taken on over the years. His character cements this wonderful ensemble cast and provides an anchor to link the dramatic and comedic plot lines, all of which is carried off without a hitch. The romantic entanglements are realistic yet mystical in nature, in keeping with the "Age Of Aquarius"-like feel which unites the main characters. Like the best of old Hollywood films, every single performance is important to the plot and all are well performed. It's a shame that Hollywood doesn't make more clever, romantic, multi- generational films of this kind. It's a pure joy!
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6/10
This is a solid, good-quality movie with good production, direction and performances from everybody.
pkeets6 March 2001
This is a solid, good-quality feel-good movie with excellent production, direction and performances from everybody. It is very conservative--has no (visible) sex or violence and doesn't take chances by making any kind of radical statement--but it still managed to hold my interest. The best thing about it is the Burning Prairie Band playing at the end: Roger Daltrey, Drake Bell, Carmine Appice, Kelly Keeling and Denny Laine. They sound great.

I'd recommend this for any of the gals--including young ones. It's interesting, unoffensive, and a great opportunity to watch some real musicians at work. The guys will like the guitar work there at the end.
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9/10
'A charming and funny love story where fate takes surprising turns.'
groucho371026 August 2004
Anyone who has rented more than two videos knows that you can't always rely on the words on the back of the box to give you an accurate description of the movie within. So this time you'll get a nice surprise. This is not a big splashy movie. There is one short, funny chase, but no car chases, and although there are a few guns in evidence, no one comes anywhere near getting shot. This is what you might call a relationship movie, moved along by scenes involving lovers who may (or may not) be separated by deception, a parent and child trying to patch up a, well, patchy relationship before it's too late, and old friends just trying to survive in a world they've almost outlived. The cast works well together and makes you hope that everything will turn out well for all of these characters. Casper Van Dien as the writer turned repo man turns in a performance that is smooth, funny, sexy, charming, and even subtle. Johnny Rico a romantic quoting Swinburne? Tarzan writing poetry? Well, yes. It works. Bobby Moritz may have a slick side, but you believe that he can be redeemed by love. Back To The Future's wild-eyed crazy man as a cranky but toned-down and ultimately lovable retired rock star? Well, yes again. After all, he's dying, he's not supposed to have the nutty professor's manic energy and purpose, and Christopher Lloyd shows that he has more gears than over-the-top. Roger Daltrey is almost unrecognizable, but still likable, as a seventies leftover who has neither cut his hair nor lost his talent-or stopped drinking-and Lauren Graham as the woman Bobby may (or may not) be destined to love forever plays sassy but vulnerable very well. The only scenes that are funny are the ones that are supposed to be, everything moves right along, you can actually care about the fate of the characters, and the ending jam session is a blast. A charming and funny love story-just like the box says.
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6/10
I love this movie!
pkeets22 March 2001
I love this movie! I've watched it a couple of times now, and who'd have thought Roger Daltrey would turn out more sexy than Casper Van Dien! I just wish there had been more of the music. I played the ending over and over, listening to the songs. The love story was sweet and funny.
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7/10
Lauren Graham is a fabulous actress!
Ana_Banana20 April 2007
What a pleasant surprise this movie was! It does have some of the ingredients of a "romantic comedy", but it is far more than that and deserves a better promotion. In fact, it's an intelligent, yet simple film about love and death (just a couple of those fundamental themes). The atmosphere is beautiful, and the plot is good and straightforward, although the screenplay has some neglected moments. But all in all it's a good film, that everyone could watch. It has good directing and first of all excellent acting (excepting the male lead - is he really an actor?). Lloyd is good of course, Daltrey is memorable, but above all the real treat is Lauren Graham.

The woman is just fabulous, and I don't mean only that she was arguably the most beautiful and charming woman on screen in recent years, but also a fabulous actress. Her wide-range, profound and natural performance is just perfect and gives the movie a great deal of its charm, fun, appeal and emotion. Hats off! May she get soon the great roles that her amazing skill and talent deserved!
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4/10
Beautiful plot, but...
Miki24 October 2005
The plot is great. I loved Laureen Graham - she's always fun to watch. But Casper Van Dien...well, I don't think so. For me he was the biggest flaw of the movie, as well as his character. A guy, macho type, writes poetry (bad one) and is much too feminine. Not believable. His character made the whole story superficial. Another thing that bothered me was Jessy spending the last night of her father's life with another guy, thinking about her father but that was it. She hasn't seen him in 3 years, she came to L.A. to be with him, yet she spends her time looking for the cat, cooking for the date,... That would make sense if she and her father were fighting, but they're not. She loves him, he loves her and yet he spends his last night with his best friend and she with a lover. So much left unsaid and no one bothers to change that. Not believable again. I think it's a waste of a great plot and cast (with exception of Van Dien) on a below average movie.
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