Chances Are (1989)



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Movie Info

Handsome young Washington attorney Louie Jeffries (Chris McDonald) has it all: a promising career, a beautiful wife, and a baby on the way. But after discovering a local judge is in cahoots with the Mob, Louie bites it in a car crash and finds himself in Heaven. Unsatisfied with the customer service he's receiving, Louie jumps the gun and gets himself reincarnated -- before being administered the magic injection that will remove his memories of his former life. For the next quarter-century, … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Randy Howze, Perry Howze
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Corinne Jeffries

as Philip Train

as Miranda Jeffries

as Louie Jeffries

as Judge Fenwick

as Ben Bradlee

as Woman in Bookstore

as Conductor

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Receptionist

as Bradlee's Secretary

as Bonino's Defense Att...

as Clerk of the Court

as Mavis Talmadge

as Dr. Bailey

as Richard

as Mrs. Handy

as Archibald Blair

as Mr. Zellerbach

as Anthony Bonino

as Aide at Smithsonian

as Limbodrome Staff

as Marshall

as Paramedic

as Minister #1

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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