At his daughter's wedding, time-management specialist Frank Allen corners the reluctant groom and tells him a long story: about the night his wife chose him, and then, about eight years later, when a missed ferry, a corporate groupie, a panicked expectant mother, and a medical test brought Frank's marriage to a crisis. In the midst of the crisis were Frank, his wife Susan, their daughter Jesse, and Frank's best friend, the feckless Buddy. Things come to a head at a lake when Frank, armed with a shotgun, decides to cross something permanently from one of his time-management lists. Is there ever room for whim and chaos? Written by
Ryan Reynolds plays Elizabeth Harnois's father despite being less than three years older than her (945 days to be specific). Emily Mortimer, who plays Elizabeth Harnois's mother, is less than eight years older than her in real life. See more »
The length of Frank's cigarette changes in his scene with Buddy in the motel room. See more »
[to Maid of Honor, while wearing wedding dress]
Give it to me straight: virginal bride or slut in white?
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This film is about a very organised man whose life is turned into chaos by an accidental revelation.
Though there are a lot of comedic moments in the film, I think it is more of an drama about Frank finding out that organisation and efficiency does not make him any happier. This realisation and complete personal change is engagingly portrayed throughout the film. Frank's situation connects to the viewers, and easily evokes much sympathy.
The ending is touching and well told. It explores what is more important in life. Is it the job, family or deeper values such as forgiveness? "Chaos Theory" is a surprising gem. It is an engaging, heart warming and yet light hearted and comedic all at the same time. Watch it if you have the chance!
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