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Chaos Theory (2007)

Cast: Clint Carleton, Melissa R. Stubbs, Brad Loree, more...
Director: Marcos Siega, Marcos Siega, Siega Marcos
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Studio: Castle Rock
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Black Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Sp
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After living his life with clockwork precision, a man throws any and all caution to the wind in this freewheeling comedy-drama. Frank Allen (Ryan Reynolds) is a successful motivational speaker and author whose book "The Five-Minute Efficiency Trainer" advises readers that strict organization and avoiding impulsive behavior is the key to success. Frank is married to Susan (Emily Mortimer), who has been his sweetheart since college, but while he's happy, she's beginning to have second thoughts -- she chose to be with Frank rather than his best friend Buddy (Stuart Townsend) because of his sweet and gentle nature, but his new habit of carefully budgeting every moment of the day has squeezed most of the fun out of their lives. After a quarrel with Susan leaves Frank in a troubled state of mind, he's enthusiastically propositioned by a sexy woman at a self-help seminar (Sarah Chalke), and has to take a pregnant woman (Jocelyne Loewen) to the hospital when he nearly runs her over on the street. Susan learns about Frank's day and comes to the mistaken conclusion that he's been unfaithful to her with both women. Susan leaves him and Frank decides that his hyper-organized life is to blame for the collapse of his marriage. Suddenly, Frank figures its time to give his id full reign -- he buys a motorcycle, starts fist fights in bars, sleeps with strange women, takes up streaking, and does nearly everything the old Frank would warn him against. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Taplitz strikes again. by MKaliher August 30, 2008 - 2:56 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
After viewing Commandments, I had to find out who was responsible for this wonderful film: some guy named Taplitz. I looked him up, and the poor guy was writing for television! Then I came across Chaos Theory, which--although not quite as clever as Commandments--is another great film. And I have to ask myself: why is this guy wallowing in the quagmire of television? Television is to video what AM radio is to music. Give it up, Taplitz. Quit your day job. Jarmusch and Errol Morris would give their right arms to make films as good as yours. If anyone out there is looking for original, substantive films, check out Chaos Theory and Commandments. And casting Emily Mortimer was a piece of genius; she's a highly underappreciated actor, as her performance in this film proves.

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