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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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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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This man will bring order to the universe...or not. 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

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Better Things
Written by Ray Davies
Performed by The Kinks
Courtesy of Koch Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Destiny through chaos.
19 July 2008 | by taysir_t3See all my reviews

When I first came across this movie, I was expecting some a sort of personal epiphany that drives the main character to some higher state of being. Essentially a rise-to-nirvana style film. Instead I found something much more appealing and deeply human in this film. There's no bad guy, just a family and a friend who's lives are marked with ups and downs.

Without giving anything away, the movie is about love, but not in finding or keeping it. What starts as a misunderstanding between husband and wife develops quickly into a very intense situation. On a deeper level, the plot raises questions about how simply fate (order) and chance (chaos) bring together and break apart two people. Even further, in the long-run, which force wins out? destiny or circumstance?

This movie is a very pleasant departure from Hollywood and something well worth checking into.

7.5/10


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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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