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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.

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Marcos Siega

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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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 »

Goofs

Ryan complains that his wife sets his clocks forward to give him more time but then says it actually gives him less time. Moving a clock forward would make Ryan arrive places ten minutes EARLY, so the wife is right and Ryan (and the writers) are wrong. e.g. His watch would say 9:00 when it was really 8:50. 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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Connections

Referenced in iZombie: Physician, Heal Thy Selfie (2016) See more »

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Livin' Thing
Written by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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REVIEW -- Finally a romantic comedy for the rest of us!
28 March 2008 | by jujube666See all my reviews

I'm not a big romantic comedy fan so I went to Chaos Theory with low expectations. Which is why I was shocked to find myself not only laughing (instead of eye-rolling) but also experiencing a certain moisture in the ocular region.

Yes it is a comedy -- most anal, hyper organized guy totally losing it vintage Steve Martin style with a post-modern twist when he discovers his perfect life is not what it seems. But it's also a story about a guy losing himself, his wife, his daughter, his best friend and everything through a freakish but medically accurate twist of fate and fighting his way back to find himself.

The directing has an indie feel which I much prefer over the overly processed studio fare -- lots of long takes that really draw you into the characters. Ryan Reynolds is hilarious -- great physical comedy but also achieves a whole new level of sincerity. Emily Mortimer has some great spastic moments -- and, in a departure from her usual twinkle toes persona, isn't afraid to show her grumpy side. By the end of the movie, I really felt like I knew these guys. I also really enjoyed the humor -- which had a lot of those "Oh God, I've been there" moments even when the story was ratcheting up to outrageousness.

Go to see it for the shot of buck-naked Ryan Reynolds skidding across the hockey rink if nothing else!


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