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Chase Revere (Justin Long) has few friends, gets no attention from girls, and spends the majority of his time dressed in costume giving tours of his small town’s widely ignored historic battlefield. He is ready for a major change in his life, and fast. When he discovers plans for an Indian casino to be built on top of his beloved battlefield, Chase and the town siren Lucy (Emmanuelle Chriqui) launch a comedic offensive against the project.


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  • Actors: Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Corddry, Missi Pyle
  • Directors: Talmage Cooley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NPY7GI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hui Shen ben Israel on October 9, 2010
Format: DVD
While I have no shame in admitting that Justin Long is probably the longest crush I've suffered thus far, his latest vehicle TAKING CHANCES (2009) is a bit of a disappointing film to try to review fairly. Political satire is not easy, yet it is even harder to evaluate. Just ask Michael Moore.

Set in "Patriotville", South Carolina, TAKING CHANCES is about exactly that: taking a chance on better prospects. Director Talmage Cooley handles this fairly well, for his third-time outing.

The film, hinging around a poor, small, broken South Carolingian town that is about to get an Indian casino, is full of that rare repartee that is witty, near-slapstick (and often ad-lib) that makes these films such a treat. The Sasquatch Gang (see my review), another of Long's starring roles, came to mind as I watched this. Some knee-slapping, biting back-and-forth brought to mind some of the ridiculous political fart gas that is going around the nation now, without beating it to death. Very well done, reminiscent of the same style of comedy from the 1930s and 1940s.

Here, Long plays Chase Revere, presumably a descendant of Paul Revere's and very proud of the history of his town and the "Revolutionary battle" that took place there. According to Chase - who is docent at the local historical museum and fond of dressing in Revolutionary-era garb - the British captured the town but the winter was so harsh that they all agreed to merely pretend the British were holding them captive. They developed a cooperative community and after the war the British simply settled there.

Silly, but rather affecting. A real lesson in the lack of America's historical knowledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire on March 31, 2015
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I only bought this movie because I wanted to see the filming sites in South Carolina and they are well-represented here. Shot in and around Chester and Rock Hill, S.C. this movie is about a young man who longs to keep change and development from descending on his beloved town known for its historical significance in the Revolutionary War. Justin Long plays the well-meaning young museum docent who goes to quite extreme lengths to save what he sees as a virtual gold-mine in historical value while the city council and mayor want to see the town saved by some Native Americans who are looking to build a casino. Throw in some romance with a mysterious beautiful girl and some comic relief from a sex-crazed sidekick and you have a cute little film. The problem is the script leaves a lot to be desired and the story gets a bit convoluted to the point that the movie gets annoyingly distracting and eventually boring. Supporting cast members one will immediately recognize, however, they are not enough to salvage this movie and it goes down in flames just like the Brits did 240 years prior.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Embler on April 6, 2012
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Justin Long plus an indie film should equal a great movie but Taking Chances falls flat. The majority of the movie is predictable. The story line is under developed. The suspense was nonexistent. The ending is unsatisfying. It did have some laughable moments so it wasn't all a waste.

Chase Revere (Justin Long) loves the history of the little town he where he resides. The residents of the town are at their wits end trying to keep the town afloat. When the town gets the answer to their prayers in the form of an Indian casino, Chase desperately seeks to stop the destruction of the towns historic battle site. Chase turns to his best friend and the new girl (cue romance music) in town to aide Chase in his quest to save the town.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ladygo on January 1, 2010
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Judging from the cover and description on the back of the box, I expected this to be a cotton candy film (heavy on the sweetness yet lacking in substance). I was surprised to find it actually had a much more interesting storyline. It really isn't the romantic comedy the marketing people billed it to be. It is, however, a commentary on some of the less desirable aspects of our society pleasantly wrapped in a quirky sense of humor.
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Watching this movie was painful. Here we are watching a movie with good actors (Long and Chriqui are very much under appreciated) and a very good premise that could have been a wonderful story. Many of the plot elements- if smoothly assembled with good dialogue- would have worked very well. I have to wonder if this movie was not a victim of the writer's strike. Because it was painfully obvious that the good ideas were badly executed. It was like Gallipoli- a great idea ruined in execution. There are flashes - moment s when you get to see how good this could have been, but only the whole the movie was done like patchwork sloppily put together. It also seemed like the writers and director could never make their mind up as to what kind of movie they were making: Is it a love story- in the end, not really. Social commentary? on what? The gullibility of struggling small town people? That is more like stereotyping for a cheap effect. The impression I got was that the filmmakers here were simply too lazy to do it right. I was very disappointed in this film.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DeLavega on April 21, 2010
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The movie started out really well and I thought it was funny and interesting for the first hour or so. Then it just took a set of turns and spins that made the movie rather irrelevant.

SPOILER WARNING*** His fight against what was coming was totally ridiculous and plain stupid. Justin Long's character's idea to "save" the town by thinking he could create a tourist attraction was discredited by himself at the end anyway. So the town was taken in by a bunch of con people, yeah so what? They were doing what they thought would save their town, their town was going down the drain if they had done nothing. It would make it seem that the town council were the only people hurt by the greed shown. That entire town died but of course we drive away with the main character and aren't there to see that part.

There was no romantic or anything of real value to learn from their relationship either. It leaves it with her having a piece of paper that directs her to where her father might be. Oookay, again so what?

Too many loose ends and the moral of the story is??? The funny stuff at the end was??? Exactly.
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