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CHAOS THEORY: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Frank Allen (Ryan Reynolds), celebrated author of the best seller The Five Minute Efficiency Trainer, has perfected the art of living. With his foolproof system of timetables and index cards, Frank doesn't believe in spontaneity. Every choice he makes is deliberately designed to contribute to a well-ordered, predictable life. Attempting to loosen her husband's scheduling stranglehold, Susan (Emily Mortimer) unleashes a series of mishaps by adding 10 minutes to Frank's day. As his life completely unravels, a shattering revelation forces Frank to look fate squarely in the eye and live entirely "in the moment," defying the conventions that defined him. Not even an efficiency expert armed with timetables and index cards can change the serendipitous nature of family and friendship, love and forgiveness.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A decent, well observed script drives this story forward with the complexities of human nature which we all recognise - even if these exact things haven't happened to us. Ryan Reynolds, an outstanding actor, brings his muscular acting style to the role of Frank, who is convinced that indexing his daily life gives it the necessary order that in turn gives him comfort and happiness. Emily Mortimer is effective as his wife, Susan, a real character with faults and strengths in equal measure, as the story flashes backwards to fill in the middle between the bookend start and end.

Stuart Townsend plays Frank's friend, Buddy, who has always wanted to marry Susan, and now maintains a semi-serious crush on her. He does it well. Marcos Siega handles the material with confidence and style, building the comedic tone with subtlety, and changing gears in the final act to land the film on its more serious notes, but without schmalz and without losing the light touch that works so well throughout.

Sarah Chalke has fun in the cameo role of Paula, the young woman who, after attending a lecture in some hotel by Frank, drags him upstairs ... and Matreya Fedor does a terrific job as the 7 year old daughter, Jesse.

It all works, proving that good comedy writing needs to be based on serious subject matter to really work. Here, the seriousness of the subject - the relationship and its history between Frank and Susan, and a revelation that changes everything - is given sensitive treatment, without letting it overwhelm the mood.

Published June 11, 2009

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CHAOS THEORY: DVD (PG)
(US, 2007)

CAST: Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer, Stuart Townsend, Sarah Chalke, Matreya Fedor, Mike Erwin, Constance Zimmer

PRODUCER: Frederic Golchan, Erica Westheimer

DIRECTOR: Marcos Siega

SCRIPT: Daniel Taplitz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ramsey Nickell

EDITOR: Nicholas Ersamus

MUSIC: Gilad Benamram

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sandy Cochrane

RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast & crew interviews; behind the scenes; trailer; [English captions for the HI]

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Magna Pacific

DVD RELEASE: November 5, 2008







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