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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The length of Frank's cigarette changes in his scene with Buddy in the motel room. See more »

Quotes

[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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Calypso Slide
Written by Walter Schreifels
Performed by Walking Concert
Courtesy of Some Records
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A surprising gem
27 July 2008 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$240,476

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$338,440
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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