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The Curiosity of Chance (2006)

 -  Comedy  -  21 October 2006 (USA)
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A confident, out-of-the-closet gay teenager has the support of an eclectic range of friends while dealing with a homophobic bully during his first year at an international high school.

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Chance Marquis (as Tad Hilgenbrinck)
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Chance Marquis, a confident, self-assured, quick-witted, perceptive, outspoken and clear-headed gay teenager, reflects back on his first year at an international high school. While meeting and making friends with an assortment of types, he also has the targeted attentions of a mirthless vice principal and a bullying, homophobic soccer jock out to make his life miserable. At home, Chance's perceptive little sister openly shares all his confidential secrets with their widowed career-army father seeking common ground with his atypical children. Introduced to a drag club, Chance finds fun and success in a cross-dressing contest, but a photo of his participation makes life at a school a living hell. Time to find out the depths of your friendships. Written by statmanjeff

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Winner "Best of Fest" at Palm Springs Film Festival - Palm Springs, CA 2007 See more »

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In an early scene, the vice-principal goes over Chance's academic history in an interview with Chance and states that he is known to sometimes channel deceased torch singers such as Rosemary Clooney, Dionne Warwick, and Ethel Merman; however, as the movie takes place in the 1980s (never indicating which exact year), the only singer of the three that might have been deceased is Ethel Merman (d. 1984). Rosemary Clooney died in 2002, and Ms. Warwick was still among the living going into 2013. See more »

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VP Ophelia Smelker: Why aren't you enrolled in our mixed choir?
Chance Marquis: Uh, polyps.
VP Ophelia Smelker: Beg your pardon?
Chance Marquis: Polyps on my vocal chords. I-I can't sing until they heal.
VP Ophelia Smelker: What about surgery?
Chance Marquis: It's against our religion?
VP Ophelia Smelker: Which is?
Chance Marquis: Not to be discussed.
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limps along with little style or class - lame and forgettable
13 August 2008 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Easily the best thing about "The Curiosity Of Chance" is that the Devo song "That's Good" accompanies the opening credits.

The rest of the film is really quite lame, barely entertaining, and highly forgettable.

The screenplay is far too apparently contrived and self-consciously striving to appear witty - and it is delivered with a distinct lack of passion or conviction.

I don't like that the main protagonist is a cruel smart-arsed vile little body fascist and yet he's presented as someone whom we ought to feel empathy for as he struggles for non-judgmental acceptance.

Chock full of tired gay movie clichés, there is particularly unforgivable opportunistic and abusive stereotyping in the portrayal of the school principal - who is targeted relentlessly for our supposed amusement as an overweight woman with no self-awareness of her body odour problem.

Noticeably placed eye candy in the form of actor Brett Chukermen is diminished by the fact that Brett doesn't move outside of the range of facial expressions which are almost trademarked "Jake Gyllenhaal".

I really can't see any reason to recommend this film to anyone - not even the Devo intro saves it.


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