Chances Are (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chances Are (1989)



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Newly arrived in Heaven, lawyer Christopher McDonald raises a stink about being cut down in his prime. He is advised that everyone in Heaven is eventually reincarnated. Eagerly, McDonald arranges to be reborn before receiving the required injection that will make him forget his previous existence. He returns to this world as struggling reporter Robert Downey Jr., and in this new incarnation makes the acquaintance of his widow Cybil Shepherd. Just before regaining his prebirth memory, Downey Jr. falls in love with Mary Stuart Masterson-his own daughter! While Chances Are wasn't the big hit that everyone expected, it is a lightly likeable harkback to the fantasy comedies of the 1940s.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Perry Howze, Randy Howze
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Cybill Shepherd
as Corinne Jeffries
Ryan O'Neal
as Philip Train
Mary Stuart Masterso...
as Miranda Jeffries
Christopher McDonald
as Louie Jeffries
Josef Sommer
as Judge Fenwick
Henderson Forsythe
as Ben Bradlee
Susan Ruttan
as Woman in Bookstore
Lester Lanin
as Conductor
Ricardo de Angelis
as Hot Dog Vendor
Richard DeAngelis
as Hot Dog Vendor
Franchelle Dorn
as Receptionist
Jacquelyn Drake
as Bradlee's Secretary
Don Richards
as Bonino's Defense Att...
June Thorne
as Clerk of the Court
Fran Ryan
as Mavis Talmadge
James Noble
as Dr. Bailey
Marc McClure
as Richard
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. Handy
Dennis Patrick
as Archibald Blair
Martin Garner
as Mr. Zellerbach
Gianni Russo
as Anthony Bonino
Channing Chase
as Aide at Smithsonian
Andrew Reilly
as Limbodrome Staff
Nat Benchley
as Marshall
Carey Hauser
as Paramedic
Max Trumpower
as Minister #1
Dennis Mancini
as Minister #2
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Critic Reviews for Chances Are

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

A lot of fun.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A potentially charming premise yields only a handful of chuckles.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Top Critic

This went direct to video in Britain, but as latter-day Hollywood romantic comedies go, it has a bit more style than you might expect.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Emile Ardolino, who directed Dirty Dancing, leaves the film hovering halfway between dewy romance and bedroom farce, but he displays little of the sharpness or comic timing needed for either one.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

As love interests go, Shepherd and Downey are about as hot as Ike and Mamie Eisenhower, though the apoplectic Downey does have his comedic moments.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

O'Neal's performance, on the other hand, could incite angels to throw tomatoes from heaven.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Chances Are


The cinematic counterpart to Heart and Souls; it's the other movie in which RDJ's body is taken over by restless ghouls. It's really funny and has a dynamite cast. The story is ridiculous at times, but i'm pretty sure that the intent of the movie was to play around with how bizarre ghost stories come off sometimes. When it want's to be, this has a great dramatic love story that spans over half a lifetime. The characters are believable as real people and their eventual conflict with RDJ having the soul of shooter MCGavin locked inside him.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Personally, I have a soft spot for Robert Downey Jr. films from the 90's, and Cybill Shepherd has always been a favorite of mine. That's the main reason I liked the film. It was zany, romantic, and funny. I'm sure people disagree based on their own agendas or views, but that's how I felt about the film, honestly.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Weird, but funny and adorable.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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