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Chances Are

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A man's love for his pregnant wife, Corinne Jeffries (Cybill Shepherd), is interrupted when a car accident sends him to heaven. He is reincarnated, however, and two decades later he is a writer named Alex Finch (Robert Downey Jr.). But when Alex starts dating Miranda Jeffries (Mary Stuart Masterson) -- his all-grown-up daughter from his previous life -- he remembers his love for Corinne. This spells trouble for his past-life best friend, Philip Train (Ryan O'Neal), who is now pursuing Corinne.

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Critic Reviews for Chances Are

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (10)

  • A lot of fun.

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

    February 27, 2008 | Full Review…

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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.

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

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The movie itself is surprisingly affecting, perhaps because Shepherd never goes for easy laughs but plays her character seriously.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | 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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