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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.
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.Read more ›
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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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. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Claire
Not that great of a movie. Just bought it because it was filmed in my town. Not a bad B movie I guessPublished on July 27, 2014 by Charles Howe
i purchased this movie in 2009,and just watched it recently.it was okay,but not great.reviews are all over the place.my advice,rent first then judge for yourself.Published on March 31, 2013 by thunderunner
Taking Chances is a very beautiful movie and one of the best movies I have ever seen. Justin Long is great and music by Wyoming is amazing! I love this movie!Published on December 11, 2012 by smalukmitya
This is not a romantic comedy as advertised. Even so, it never made me laugh for even a second. The only reason that made me watch this movie is due to the 4.5 stars rating. Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by Teresa Casino
funny, i was 'taking chances' on the film when i rented it because i liked the liner notes. happily it paid off! i loved this movie and am now purchasing it. Read morePublished on December 18, 2009 by m. morgan