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Chances Are (1989)

Cybill Shepherd , Robert Downey Jr. , Emile Ardolino  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O'Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson, Christopher McDonald
  • Directors: Emile Ardolino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 1998
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767807596
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chances Are" on IMDb

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In CHANCES ARE, the irresistible romantic comedy of two lifetimes, Cybill Shepherd stars as CorinneJeffries, a beautiful young woman whose picture-perfect marriage comes to a shattering halt when her husband, Louie, dies unexpectedly. Fortunately, Louie gets a second shot at life when he agrees tobe recycled back to earth as the newborn Alex Finch (Robert Downey, Jr.). But fate crosses Alex's path twenty-three years later when he meets Corinne's daughter Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson), and is suddenly flooded with a wealth of memories that all belong to Louie! Now, as Alex's former existence slowly comes to life, he must confront a wife who thinks he's dead, a daughter who could be his girlfriend and a best friend (Ryan O'Neal) who's in love with Corinne. From Dirty Dancing director Emile Ardolino comes this heartwarming comedy that gives romance an unforgettable second chance.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet uplifting movie. September 17, 1999
By Debbie
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Chances Are portrays the power of love and understanding in a comedic way. If you love good old sentimental movies with a splash of comedy, as well as a great soundtrack, check out Chances Are! Soundtrack includes Cher and Peter Cetera singing that popular and beautiful song After All, as well as Johnny Mathis' Chances Are and Rod Stewart's Forever Young.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Adorable! May 3, 2001
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This is my favorite Robert Downey film. It's a completely sappy 80's movie, but that just gives it more charm.
Robert Downey plays a recent college grad (Louie) who is the reincarnated soul of Cybil Shephard's husband. When he meets her daughter, they hit it off. Louie begins remembering things from his former life, frightening the (still mourning over her husband) living daylights out of Corinne. Louie must prove to Corrine that he's not making everything up, or he'll lose her forever.
Excellent acting by the entire cast--Downey really shines. Any of you who stay in Monday nights because you don't want to miss Downey playing Larry Paul on Ally will love this movie!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a very touching movie. August 29, 1999
By A Customer
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Chances Are applies to all the people out there that believes that there is always a second chance for everything. The first time I watched this film,i loved it already. It tells us about a man who died right at the time that his wife is gonna have a baby. He begged the people up there to let him go back to his family again, and he came back as a guy who is so much younger than his wife. Cybill Sheperd was the perfect actress for the part of Carin and Robert Downey Jr showed that he is an actor worth of everybody's attention, he was perfect for the part of the reincarnated Louie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great.... February 23, 2002
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Cybil Shepherd as always is excellent, as is Robert Downey Jr. in this great film.
Alex (Robert Downey Jr) is reincarnated, and suddenly gets his memories from his previous life... only to discover he was the father of his current love interest.
Watching Alex respond to his daughter - or dodging her advances, when she's more interested in being his girlfriend... is quite hilarious! Along with his memories, the emotions (his love for his wife) come back as well. Problems? Convicing his wife who he is, handling his best friend's love interest of his wife, and then dealing with the attraction his daughter has on him.... to name a few!
It's really fun watching him try and convince his wife who he is! You'll be cheering him on, all along the way!!! Sweet, touching, funny, full of emotions and fun from the first frame of the film, all the way to the last! As for the ending (without giving anything away, of course!)... is not quite what I thought it would be... but it's perfect.... and a little odd at the same time!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favs November 14, 2001
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Excellent Movie !!! I first stumbled across this movie many years ago and liked the movie but since then have grown to love it! A wonderful romantic comedy with a great love story.
After, integrating some metaphysical studies into my life, I have come to believe in reincarnation and this movie touches on this subject with humor and romance.
I think one of the most interesting aspects of the movie is the soundtrack including the "After All" song from Peter Cetera and Cher. If you listen closely to the lyrics of that song, it expresses so eloquently Corrine's and Louie's reunion after his reincarnation and their undying love.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So touching March 18, 2006
The script is well written - there were moments so touching that my eyes turned watery.

The superb cast is another reason for the success - Cybill Shepherd (Moonlighting), Ryan O' Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson (Bed of Roses) and Robert Downey, Jr. These are faces which we seldom see nowadays and what a refreshing treat it is to watch them portraying their roles naturally, in their prime and with all their hearts. Robert Downey, Jr.'s performance, as the incarnated husband of Shepherd who died 23 years ago, was brilliant. He added an additional level of depth and sophistication to his character - warm, understanding, more than you would expect from a 22-year old and exactly what the movie required him to be - a forty something dad who was very proud of his grown up daughter and her job as a prosecutor.

The story was simple and complete on its own: a reunion of the deceased husband with the living after 23 years - his wife, his loyal best friend, a daughter he never lived to see. By a simple twist of fate in the end, we saw the jigsaw pieces fall in the proper place. A beautiful song with a nostalgic melody was sung as the credits started rolling.

A wonderful movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and romantic movie! August 7, 1999
By A Customer
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A sleeper. Humor combined with chemistry make this a favorite Robert Downey Jr. movie. A definite must see for all those who love light-hearted comedy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Love Story January 25, 2005
By Jo
This is one of my favorite movies in my DVD collection. Four actors you wouldn't expect to go very well together, wind up giving a wonderful group performance. Not only are Robert Downey, Jr. and Mary Stuart Masterson fantastic, but I was surprised that Ryan O'Neal was so entertaining. Of all the characters Cybill Shepherd had the least far to go with her portrayal of a ditzy blonde.

This movie is wonderful because it tells a sweet love story. It speaks of the possibilities beyond this earth. As far as the reincarnation theme the movie touches on some basic themes, but "What Dreams May Come" is more realistic in exploring the spiritual reasons for reincarnation. This is a movie to watch if you want a feel good love story to soothe the soul. It's not a movie I'd recommend to people who's right-wing preacher has convinced them throwing people into a lake with a boulder tied to them is the correct way to deal with those you suspect of being witches. Robert Downey, Jr. looks nothing like the man who plays Corinne's original husband so it's a bit of a stretch for anyone to bemoan underlying inferences. Watch this movie when you want to bathe yourself in the possibilities of true love. It will leave you with a smile on your face and a fuzzy warm feeling inside.
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