An enjoyable, light-hearted romantic comedy with some cute incestuous undertones, CHANCES ARE is among the best of the body-switch films that cluttered movie screens in the late 1980s. The film opens in the mid-1960s with the wedding of Corinne (Cybill Shepherd) and Louie Jeffries
(Christopher McDonald). Their best man and best friend is Philip Train (Ryan O'Neal). The three of them lead a blissful life in Washington, DC until tragedy strikes a year later when Louie is killed by a speeding car. As the years pass, Corinne and Philip remain best friends, while Philip acts as
a surrogate father to Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson), Corinne's daughter. Enter Alex Finch (Robert Downey Jr.) as the reincarnated Louie, a Yale grad in search of a job. Something less than believable, CHANCES ARE is a serving of light entertainment with enough substance to thrill critics eager
to read between the lines. The script (by sisters Perry and Randy Howze) is thoughtful, the characters relatively complex, and the performances entirely likable, but that's about it. Subtext notwithstanding, director Emile Ardolino more often than not opts for the easy way out or the cute
one-liner. Adding to Ardolino's damage are ugly photography, a sappy score, and a pathetic final theme. The song "After All" received an Oscar nomination.
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