Chapter 27 (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Despite Jared Leto's committed performance, Chapter 27 fails to penetrate to mind of Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's killer.


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First-time writer/director J.P. Schaefer takes the reins for this haunting look at the mental collapse of Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the murder of legendary musician John Lennon. Jared Leto stars as the man whose awe of Lennon and unrelenting drive to achieve infamy pushed him to pull the trigger on the former Beatle, and Lindsay Lohan stars as the devoted Lennon fan who befriended the killer on that fateful New York weekend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: J.P. Schaefer
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On DVD: Sep 30, 2008
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Cast


as Mark David Chapman

as Frederic Seaman

as John Lennon

as Limo Driver

as Yoko Ono

as Gilda Radner

as Precision Driver / S...

as European Woman

as Lennon Groupie

as Covergirl / Centerfo...

as Maitre D'

as Little Kid

as Clerk Riley

as Joseph Many

as Lennon Band Member

as Lennon Groupie

as Pedestrian

as Lennon Band Manager

as photo double Lindsay...
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Critic Reviews for Chapter 27

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (20)

his drama, about the three days leading up to the murder, never overcomes its inherent ghoulishness, largely because Chapman, like so many mentally ill people, is a huge bore.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Chapter 27 just makes you feel bad for, and about, everybody -- including the wretched souls who made the thing.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

By the end of this modest, strange venture, Leto made me believe it was worth being forced to hang out on the sidewalk with this man, if only to get a creeping sense of what that might've been like.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The film is impressively mounted and Schaefer has made a directorial debut of distinction, but it is an uncomfortable ride from the opening scenes of Chapman arriving in New York to the inevitable, inexorable final scene.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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Chapter 27 is far from flawless, but Leto disappears inside this angry, mouth-breathing psycho geek with a conviction that had me hanging on his every delusion.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

There are cheesy special effects and even cheesier gags, and the schmaltz eventually piles on neck-deep.

Full Review… | April 4, 2008
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Chapter 27

Lindsay plays her future self in a movie about some fuck with a gun and sideburns and he thinks hes Holden bla bla bla "John Lennon, sign my baseball cap, please!" that fucker didn't sign it... bla back to the crust hotel room cigarettes big sweaty gut, prostitute, "please please just be quiet while we make sex, i like the sound of my own breathing, why should that freak you out, please dont go!" walks back to Lennon's apartment, waits for nine hours, "Hey Lennon!.... shoulda signed my rubber duckie, you fuck-hole!" BLAMMO! great, great scathing wit, soaked in satirical pleasure that will make your irony bone crackle!

LoughnerWasLucid
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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Not exactly what I expected of this film, of course it represents the facts along with some assumptions no doubt, of the events leading up to the assassination of John Lennon and Jared Leto did play a very visually transformed character, along with (I'm sure) a very good interpretation of the man who became famous of the crime, however...this film was like watching paint dry, I am a Lennon fan (hence my original interest in the film)but it's very dull and so is the character and his tedious ramblings. The only Saving Grace is that the film length is quite short for a full length feature.

76Majikat
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

I was really impressed with Jared Leto's performance. He played the character so well that I didn't even think it was him at any point, he was Mark David Chapman. The movie itself is very bizarre and fits the character perfectly. There was a great sense of insanity throughout the film.

ythelastman89
Conner Rainwater

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