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Taking Chances -- Chase Revere (Justin Long) has few friends, gets no attention from girls, and spends the majority of his time dressed in costume giving tours of his small town's widely ignored historic battlefield.
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  (in credits order)

Justin Long ... Chase Revere

Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Lucy

Rob Corddry ... Mayor Cleveland Fishback

Keir O'Donnell ... Digger Morris

Missi Pyle ... Faith Fishback

David Jensen ... Chief Samuel Many Bulls

Jimmi Simpson ... Charlie Carbonara

Nick Offerman ... Sheriff Hoke Hollander

Brian Howe ... Stover Barksdale

Phil Reeves ... Stanton Revere

Robert Beltran ... Joseph Sleeping Bear

Kimberly Guerrero ... Mary Born Kicking
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Beck ... Beggar
Stephanie Ellis Bratton ... Awakened neighbor (as S.E. Stilwell)

Kendrick Cross ... Lawyer
Michelle Dawkins ... Beauty queen
Jacob Dietrich ... Bobby Barksdale

Vickie Eng ... Kitty Truslow
Will Finch ... Roadside beautification volunteer

Brett Gentile ... John

Bridget Gethins ... Bird Two Feather
Linwood Gurley ... Mechanic

Michael Harding ... Bob Shifflett

Tammy Hopkins ... City Council Woman

Brian Huskey ... Edwin Goosewiite
Andrew James ... Cub Scout

Jim Keisler ... Community Service Worker
Bill Ladd ... GTO Owner

Danielle Langlois ... Newscaster
Tyler Long ... Cook

Robin Mullins ... Meg Willing
Brandon Oakes ... Randy Crazyhorse
Peggy Obrien ... Sheriff's Wife
Michele Seidman ... Shopper Woman
Lauren Carol Smith ... Gail

Jessica St. Clair ... Reporter
Matthew Stanton ... Shopper Man
Phillip Stilwell ... Awakened neighbor
Zoe Stilwell ... 6th Grade Student

Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Judge Crenshaw Underwood
Pat Yeary ... Town Citizen
David Lowe ... Pool Contractor aka Mr. America (uncredited)
Sabrina Hunter Morales ... Resident (uncredited)
Mark Alton Rose ... DJ's Friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Talmage Cooley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Talmage Cooley  uncredited
Annie Nocenti  writer

Produced by
Michael Aguilar .... producer
Lori Christopher .... producer
Ian Colhoun .... executive producer
Mike Crawford .... line producer
Michael Falbo .... executive producer
Larry Furlong .... producer
Kyle Dean Jackson .... producer
David Guy Levy .... producer
Alan Pao .... post-production producer
Brian Pitt .... additional photography
Brian Pitt .... line producer
Christian Swegal .... co-producer
Don Truesdale .... executive producer
Original Music by
Scott Glasgow 
Cinematography by
Steve Gainer 
Brian Sweeney (co-director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joe Klotz 
Tom Scully 
Casting by
Lisa Mae Fincannon 
Jennifer L. Smith 
Production Design by
Shane Valentino 
Art Direction by
Ernesto Solo 
Set Decoration by
Missy Berent Ricker  (as Missy Berent)
Costume Design by
Christie Wittenborn 
Makeup Department
Coni Andress .... key hair stylist
Wendy Bell .... key makeup artist
Herita Jones .... makeup artist
Jennifer Santiago .... second hair stylist
Joan Shay .... assistant hair stylist
Michael Spezzano .... makeup artist: reshoots
Production Management
Brian Buckland .... additional production supervisor
Mike Crawford .... unit production manager
T. Scott Keiner .... production supervisor
Christopher Kulikowski .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heather Gaffney .... second assistant director
Josef Lieck .... first assistant director
Rusty Mahmood .... assistant director: additional photography
Rusty Mahmood .... first assistant director
Daniel R. Suhart .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jerry Adderton .... set dresser
Erin Doran .... graphic designer
Rachel Goodman .... first assistant prop master
Chris Holcombe .... leadman
Charles Bo Howard .... art department coordinator
J. Lauren Jackson .... art intern (as Jacelyn Lauren Jackson)
Sean Keenan .... set dresser
Doug Kelejian .... leadman
Otto Lindsey .... on set dresser
Bobby Sanford .... draper
Chris Shader .... assistant property master
Lauren Carol Smith .... scenic painter
Deanna Tilley .... set buyer
Luci Wilson .... property master
Sound Department
Jeffree Bloomer .... sound mixer
Tara Blume .... foley artist
Carly Bodmer .... post-production audio manager
Carly Bodmer .... sound editor
Timothy Cargioli .... boom operator
Jenny Elsinger .... additional cable person
John Fairlamb .... foley mixer
Rod Honeycutt .... utility sound
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
Yagmur Kaplan .... sound re-recording mixer
Sang Jun Kim .... assistant dialogue editor
Sarah Payan .... dialogue editor
Benjamin Rauscher .... assistant sound editor (as Ben Rauscher)
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Roach .... adr mixer
Chris Roach .... foley mixer
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Special Effects by
John Elmore .... special effects coordinator
Lex D. Geddings .... stunts
Cal Johnson .... stunt coordinator
Cal Johnson .... stunt double: Justin Long
Amy Jordan .... stunt double
Michele Waitman .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Aldridge .... first assistant camera
Jesse Crusing .... electrician: additional photography
Scott Frye .... dolly grip
Ben D. Griffith Jr. .... key grip
Douglas C. Hart .... additional first assistant camera
Blake H. Hughes .... grip
Roy Knauf .... additional camera loader
Billy Merrell .... best boy grip
Alan Newcomb .... camera loader
Bob Newcomb .... camera operator: "a" camera
Bob Newcomb .... director of photography: second unit
Fred Norris .... unit still photographer
Joseph Harold Page .... grip
Harrison Palmer .... electrician
Floyd A.B. Rance III .... first assistant camera
Doug Robinson .... electrician
Christian Satrazemis .... second assistant camera
Jennie Shope .... camera production assistant
Kevin Haggerty .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tara Feldstein .... casting assistant
Brandi S. Hawkins .... extras casting
Jennifer Ricchiazzi .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ginger Knussmann .... costumer
Melody Koerber .... costumer
A. Maxine Martin .... set costumer
Julia Rusthoven .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Matthew Booras .... assistant editor
Victor Franco .... key digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Yesenia Higuera .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist
Binh C. Than .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Music Department
Jacob Bercovici .... original songs
Gary Calamar .... music supervisor
Bjorn Schaller .... music editor
Transportation Department
Collin Butrum .... picture car coordinator
Collin Butrum .... transportation coordinator
Tim Johnson .... transportation
Hugo Ocana .... driver
Todd Luckey .... production van operator (uncredited)
Other crew
Anthony Batarse .... adr voice
Jason Christopher .... production assistant
Kristin Dombroski .... production assistant
Aubree Foust .... production office coordinator
Judy Geletko .... post-production accountant
Paola Giordano .... assistant to line producer
Vince Gonzalez .... location manager
B. Kyle Lewis .... production assistant
Elisabeth Miller .... production assistant
Aaron Mills .... lead stand-in
Kevin Mills .... assistant production office coordinator
Andrea Redder .... production assistant
Jordan Romano .... assistant to producer and director
Keegan Sacko .... production assistant
Michael Saunders .... production assistant
Denver Scaggs .... medic
Jason J. Scott .... production assistant
Rachel Sheridan .... assistant production accountant (as Rachel Kasunic)
Rachel Sheridan .... office production assistant (as Rachel Kasunic)
Rusty Sheridan .... location assistant
Kara B. Still .... script supervisor
Amanda Ward .... assistant location manager
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production attorney (uncredited)

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Rated R for some crude sexual references
99 min
Australia:M | USA:R (certificate #45586)

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
More like taking blind stabs, 26 July 2011
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Independent films are like someone shooting at a shooting range. The person shooting is the film, and the gun is how the film is executed. There is a board with a bullseye a few yards away. It can hit dead center and be an excellent film, hit in the circles around it and be pretty good, hit close to the top and be only fair (but at least you hit it), and some can either clip the top of the board or just fly right over. Taking Chances is fired straight as if it were going to hit around the circles just outside of the bullseye, but then arcs right over the board making for an almost complete bust. Just tragic.

Part of the reason for this is because Taking Chances is trying to tackle too many genres. Like a kid putting his feet in the pool. Before he can fully submerse himself in water, he notices another pool, runs over there, and puts his feet in that one before going to the next. Taking Chances sinks its feet in the comedy, drama, romance, and social commentary pools before just saying "hell, lets mix the water together." The movie is about an economically challenged town by the name of Patriotsville. The town was the place of The Revolutionary War battle, and due to the money problems, Mayor Fishback (Corddry) wants to build an Indian casino over the battlefield. A history geek named Chase (Long) is heartbroken by this, and teams up with a mysterious girl named Lucy (Chriqui) to try and save the town's biggest piece of history.

Right off the bat, this could've spawned a number of great genres to touch upon. The problem being the movie never really thought of how it wanted to approach this idea. Should this be a big joke, let's hire Rob Corddry. Wait! We can make this a pretty decent drama, hire Justin Long. He's dependable and likable. But wait, give him a girl to work with so we can get a love story going here. You know, this would be a great time to add maybe some social commentary about history. By the time this movie script was complete, it was a messy, incoherent, and unorthodox piece of work the crew must've said "just make it." Not to mention, the film has an R rating, but constantly the town mayor keeps saying "f this," "f that" without actually saying the word. It's almost like the film was trying to edit for PG-13 after it got the R rating. It begs an explanation why this film didn't pursue the R rating after being granted with it. If anything, this could pass for a sizable PG-13 rated film.

I really like Justin Long. I've liked everything he's done up until this point. Why he did this makes sense because not only does he want Hollywood rep, I assume, he wants Indie-cred as well. Which is perfectly fine with me. I dig multi-talented actors. And I assume he liked the script and his character. But, he failed to look at one thing and so did the directors - there is no point in this film where anyone takes any chances. Are they taking a chance by standing up for what they believe in? If so, make that a bit more obvious please. The original title was Patriotsville. That sounds more like an independent movie Clearly, nothing is consistent in this film. And it's sad because such a good idea was thrown away in the process of constructing this film. I applaud the two leads for doing the best they could under the given circumstances and limitations of the budget, but the end result is calamity.

Starring: Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Corddry, Keir O'Donnell, and Missi Pyle. Directed by: Talmage Cooley.

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