• Chances Are (2001)

Chances Are

Release Date: November 26th, 2001

DVD Release Date: April 14th, 1998

PG |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

A man's love for his pregnant wife, Corinne Jeffries (Cybill Shepherd), is interrupted when a car accident sends him to heaven. He is reincarnated, however, and two decades later he is a writer named Alex Finch (Robert Downey Jr.). But when Alex starts dating Miranda Jeffries (Mary Stuart Masterson) -- his all-grown-up daughter from his previous life -- he remembers his love for Corinne. This spells trouble for his past-life best friend, Philip Train (Ryan O'Neal), who is now pursuing Corinne.

Cast: Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O'Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson, Christopher McDonald, Josef Sommer, Joe Grifasi, Susan Ruttan

Director: Emile Ardolino

Genres: Romantic comedy , Fantasy

Production Co: TriStar Pictures

Distributors: TriStar Pictures

Keywords: House, 1980s, Wife, Car, Emotional, Amusing, Rivalry, Sacrifice, Love, Best friend, Daughter, Family, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    Though the gags make great use of embarrassment, they stop short of actively humiliating the characters, a gesture that these days counts as something fine and noble. [10 March 1989, p.E]

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    The sister writing team of Perry and Randy Howze enlivens what sounds like a gimmicky story. Their last film was the delightful "Mystic Pizza," and the characters in Chances Are seem equally fresh, even though there is nothing new about the situations in which they find themselves. [10 March 1989, p.A]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie itself is surprisingly affecting, perhaps because Shepherd never goes for easy laughs but plays her character seriously. show more

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Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture