Chances Are

1989

Chances Are

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A mistake in heaven causes a lawyer to retain a partial memory of his previous life before being reincarnated. As his "new" self, he makes the acquaintance of his widow and meets and falls in love with his own daughter -- just before his complete memory returns.

Cast

Cybill Shepherd
as Corinne Jeffries
Ryan O'Neal
as Philip Train
Mary Stuart Masterson
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 Attorney
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
Andrew Reilly
as Limbodrome Staff
Channing Chase
as Aide at Smithsonian
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 (30) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (10)

  • A lot of fun.

    Feb 27, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A potentially charming premise yields only a handful of chuckles.

    Feb 27, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • O'Neal's performance, on the other hand, could incite angels to throw tomatoes from heaven.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chances Are

  • Feb 15, 2011
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2010
    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
  • Feb 19, 2009
    What? What just happened here? I swore... no, that can't be RDJ... no, it's... too... horrible... Okay, needless to say, this was a giant, f'ing disaster. There were a couple of giggle-worthy moments, but the convoluted plot and wretched script, coupled with flat characters and incomprehensible choices of scenes... yeah. A giant, f'ing disaster. I would say this film suffers from "This scene is here because..." syndrome. I can just imagine the creative crew in a room, discussing, "Well, we need to show these two characters are close. Let's get them dancing on a merry-go-round! We need to show some sort of connection between the two lives. Ooh, let's keep making the same awkward situation fifty times! And don't forget, Cher needs to sing that final tune. Plot relevancy? Phfffft. Who *cares* about that, anyway." This officially makes my "Avoid Like the PLAGUE" list.
    Jessica v Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2008
    A wonderful comedy. Of course this will never happen, but watching Robert Downey, Jr. perform in this amusing comedy is worth it. I loved the dance scene, which is my favorite with elder lady Fran Ryan at the Ball. Totally hilarious. A chick flick definitely. ;)
    Donna D Super Reviewer

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