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Chaos Theory (2008)

Ryan Reynolds , Emily Mortimer , Marcos Siega  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer, Stuart Townsend, Sarah Chalke, Mike Erwin
  • Directors: Marcos Siega
  • Writers: Daniel Taplitz
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Castle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000FA91
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chaos Theory" on IMDb

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Twists, Ryan Reynolds at his Best June 18, 2008
This film contains several great twists and displays a truly talented side of Ryan Reynolds in which I would like to see more of. The soundtrack was excellent, paring the right music at the right moment and pulling you into the character's anguish. The only thing keeping me from giving this film five stars was the beginning of the movie. It didn't hook me until about 25 minutes in, and then I wished it didn't end. The supporting cast was excellent, and Reynolds' character brings an appropriate amount of comic relief mixed with his unraveling.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly entertaining, but very "dark" in its comedy February 19, 2010
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This movie is definitely a dark comedy -- as some of the other reviews reveal, Ryan Reynold's character has everything go miserably wrong in his life. The irony is that he is an efficiency expert and, prior to this series of events, had an inordinately structured and "perfect" existence. When it shatters apart, he begins doing the some of the risky behavior he once condemned (driving a Harley with no helmet) and smoking. You can feel the tension because his actions go against his personality. Throughout, Reynolds is very convincing in dramatizing the stress and anxiety.

Just watching the film, I could not help but feel very empathetic toward Reynold's character. To me, it isn't really all that "laugh-out-loud" funny. Rather, it is more of a sense of shock that the poor guy has been devastated so badly and deeply.

While I normally don't like this kind of movie, I felt it was strangely compelling and well done for what it is. Just don't watch this for some light-hearted laughs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good find December 27, 2010
By Lila15
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My husband and I stumbled onto this movie by happenstance, and we weren't sure what we were in for. This movie is one of our favorites now. I was pleased to find it for a reasonable price online. None of the stores in our area had it in stock. Chaos Theory has a good mix of humor--that isn't all slapstick--and a decent story to follow. All in all, it's a good flick to watch on a date night or with friends, and it's one worth watching again.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Synopsis: Frank Allen (Ryan Reynolds) thinks he's figured out the perfect system for a happy, organized life. The secret is making lists, the more specific the better. His list making abilities have been so successful he makes a living teaching business seminars the profitability of list making.

Yes things are almost too perfect for the handsome, intelligent and successful husband and Father. That is until Frank's life takes a chaotic turn for the worse and he is faced with events that cannot be solved by writing them down on a piece of paper. There's only one solution, a new paradigm must be adapted if he is to survive what lies ahead; the Chaos Theory.

Critique: You're always off to a good start in any film when you have the likes of Ryan Reynolds in the starring role. Another big plus for the '07 dark comedy romance `Chaos Theory' is the presence of the talented Emily Mortimer as Reynolds wife Susan.

If you're like me you just might be surprised early on in this film that it isn't quite what you expected. If that's the case fight the urge to tune out and stay focused, there's really a lot going on in this film if you give it a chance. The dialogue is sharp and insightful, the message contemporary and Reynolds and Mortimer's performances excellent. Well worth a watch or two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I pretty much adore this movie July 25, 2014
I pretty much adore this movie. While I haven't always been the biggest Ryan Reynolds fan, movies like Buried, and this one, Chaos Theory, show just how talented of an actor he is.

More of a romantic comedy with drama sprinkled throughout, it provides enough of something for just about everyone. And once the whole thing wraps up, you're left thinking about your own life, and how one little thing, one little action, can completely change the course of your life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING in all aspects January 11, 2011
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I'm a Ryan Reynolds fan but in this movie his talent shines. He not only displays a wide range of emotions but must also portray various ages. The hair styles and makeup helps to show the different ages but his mannerisms just takes it over the top. The plot summary describes the main character as "an obsessively organized efficiency expert". This sounds like a nerd which is visually supported by the DVD cover where he is wearing horn-rimmed glasses. The movies I've seen him in he is far from that thus causing my need to see the movie! The plot is clever and the supporting actors are excellent as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Michael
Not the sarcastic Reynolds we all love, but still has a few moments. Story is fairly weak, basic and not as funny as I hoped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I really liked this movie because it is an interesting way to see one's entire life as a series of comedic events. Ryan Reynolds plays efficiency expert, kind of person who cannot live without organizers, priority lists and carefully scheduled events. One morning, his wife plays a practical joke on him, that causes a series of events neither one of them could have possibly anticipated. From mild misunderstanding to major discoveries, their entire married life suddenly start getting a whole new dimension to it. What is a couple to do when they both suddenly realize that their life together has never been what it seems?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived quickly! Thanks!
Published 2 months ago by Manbinder Rai
5.0 out of 5 stars One change
Really gives you something to think about. One small change/detour/distraction can change the entire course of your life (if you let it).
Published 5 months ago by Robin Sheffield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Tragic, funny, wild and unexpected. Reynolds shows he's a real actor. Great all around movie. Just be prepared, true happy endings result from real tragedy.
Published 5 months ago by Joshua S.
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
OMG this movie was unbelievably funny. Both actors did a great job of having a love hate relationship on an unplanned road trip! Watch it!
Published 5 months ago by Suzanne Schumacher
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I like Ryan Reynolds and all, but this movie just is not entertaining, and the story line isn't all that great either. If you need to be entertained, this won't cut it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sweeti2056
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Really Great! Well written and good actors. It is like a quick 3 day vacation with funny twists and turns.
Published 8 months ago by Mary P. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film
It's a classic film about the value, risks and folly of relationships. It's entertaining and has a deep message too.
Published 9 months ago by UncleNoam
4.0 out of 5 stars Great twist love story
Great writing great actors. Very entertaining. Has a twist in the love story that I did not see coming. Life lesson attitude. Funny. Loved it.
Published 9 months ago by A. Provenzano
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment worth the price of admission but unforgivable plot flaw
I did poorly in my single college logic class. So why does it seem that I've found only one other reference to a problem with the hinge of this film's primary plot device? Read more
Published 10 months ago by svejk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great funny, yet slightly dark comedy!
I haven't seen a good semi-dark comedy like this in ages. Ryan Reynolds gives a great performance as well as Stuart Townsend as the sleezy, flirtatious, husband's best friend that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by kjf1027
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