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The Chosen One (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 3 September 2010 (USA)
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A man finally finds faith in himself after the rest of world puts its faith in him; the sole being on earth who can save mankind from its own destruction - The Chosen One.

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Credited cast:
... Neal
... Paul
... Ruth
... Christine
... Bob
... Norman
... Produce Manager
... Cop #1
... Freddy
... Newscaster
... NY Protestor
... Waitress
... NY Cabbie
... Mr. Nakamuri
Carolina Gómez ... Marissa
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Paul is an ordinary man who is at the end of his rope. He hates his job, his beautiful wife has left him, and his mother and gay, Buddhist-monk brother constantly remind him of his shortcomings. Although Paul doesn't know it yet, his life is about to change in a big way. Written by Anonymous

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

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Producer Scott Dolezal was Rob Schneider's personal trainer. See more »

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In the drama scene where they talk about their Father's suicide, Neal is holding his mother's hand, at the next shot where Paul stands-up Neal is clearly not holding hands with his mother. See more »

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Christine: [on answering machine] Paul, it's Christine. Listen, I'm sorry that I hurt you. I never meant for this to happen. I feel like you've been pushing away for that last two years. I love you Paul, but, I want more in my life. Goodbye.
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References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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Light hearted, spiritual drama with a few comedic elements
28 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

I found the above description on this movie's board on IMDb, and it's better than anything I could come up with.

This is relevant because anyone expecting a typical Rob Schneider movie (The Hot Chick, Deuce Bigalow, Big Stan) will be very disappointed, or worse, depressed.

Rob Schneider plays Paul, a depressed alcoholic car salesman who tries to kill himself after being dumped by his lady. 3 shamen and a girl from Colombia find him, claiming he's the chosen one who will save their mountain. Paul then faces a series of situations at work and in life which help him make an important decision.

I certainly didn't expect a movie like this, as it is very bittersweet, and potentially a career-destroying move. But it has its heart in the right place, it feels honest, and I believe it must be commended for that.

Unfortunately, I can't say it's very good movie. "The Chosen One" looks cheap and feels very disjointed, with special effects that look like the ones found in Discovery Channel's documentaries from ten years ago. The pacing is weird, everything seems a little bit "off" and "direct-to-dvd".

The few comic moments are mostly black humor, and almost all of them are in Steve Buscemi's scenes. He's a top notch actor, and his superior quality clearly shows here when he elevates the whole movie to a whole new degree.

But I did like it, amazingly, and can certainly recommend it to people who need a little more light in their lives.

Just don't watch this thinking it's a comedy.


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