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Chaos Theory (2008)

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The story of an obsessively organized efficiency expert whose life unravels in unexpected ways when fate forces him to explore the serendipitous nature of love and forgiveness.

Director:

Marcos Siega

Writer:

Daniel Taplitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Frank Allen
Emily Mortimer ... Susan
Stuart Townsend ... Buddy Endrow
Sarah Chalke ... Paula Crowe
Mike Erwin ... Ed
Constance Zimmer ... Peg the Teacher
Matreya Fedor ... Jesse Allen (7 years)
Elisabeth Harnois ... Jesse Allen
Chris William Martin ... Damon
Jovanna Burke ... Maid of Honor (as Jovanna Huguet)
Christopher Jacot ... Best Man
Alessandro Juliani ... Ken
Lisa Calder Lisa Calder ... Sherri
Ty Olsson ... Evil Ferryman
Jocelyne Loewen ... Pregnant Nancy
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He planned his life like clockwork. Now things are going cuckoo. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

La théorie du chaos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,880, 13 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$237,958, 20 April 2008
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2.35 : 1
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Ryan Reynolds plays Elisabeth Harnois's father despite being less than three years older than her (945 days to be specific). Emily Mortimer, who plays Elisabeth Harnois's mother, is less than eight years older than her in real life. See more »

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At the very end, when Frank is talking to Ed right before the ceremony, Frank's hair is very gray. When they walk down the aisle, Frank's hair is very brown, not much hint of gray. See more »

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[first lines]
Jesse Allen: [to Maid of Honor, while wearing wedding dress] Give it to me straight: virginal bride or slut in white?
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This man will bring order to the universe...or not.
2 March 2009 | by mr_popcornSee all my reviews

I can't believe this one flew under my radar for almost two years. Chaos Theory is one of those rare gems in between, you never hear it being talked about but has also built quite a fanbase. Chaos Theory is a quirky, surprising little gem with a great script and an impressive vision. Directed by Marcos Siega (Pretty Persuasion), the movie works on both ends. It has enough comedy to give a chuckle or two and exact amount of drama for the love sick. Ryan Reynolds, whether you love him or hate him, is always the impressive actor and this is by far one of his best on screen performance. Emily Mortimer is always terrific and the elusive Stuart Townsend graces us with his charisma and almost-never-seen talent. This is a rarity of a gem with a great cast and a perfect blend of heartwarming drama and spot-on comedic timing.

However, its never gonna get the wide audience that it deserves mainly because the stars aren't exactly top draws in the box office which is just sad really because the wider audience would rather just watch a dude dressed as a lady in a fatsuit (I'm looking at you Tyler Perry) than real good quality film-making.


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