Watch: Chances Are 1989 123movies, Full Movie Online – Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated as Alex Finch, and twenty years later, fate brings Alex and Louie’s daughter, Miranda, together. It’s not until Alex is invited to Louie’s home that he begins to remember his former life, wife and best friend. Of course, there’s also the problem that he’s attracted to Louie’s/his own daughter..
Plot: Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated as Alex Finch, and twenty years later, fate brings Alex and Louie’s daughter, Miranda, together. It’s not until Alex is invited to Louie’s home that he begins to remember his former life, wife and best friend. Of course, there’s also the problem that he’s attracted to Louie’s/his own daughter.
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A Film that Might Have Slipped by You…
CHANCES ARE is a charming romantic fantasy about a woman (Cybill Shepherd) whose husband (Christopher McDonald) is killed shortly after learning she is pregnant. We then see the husband in heaven letting the powers that be know that he was taken too soon and that his wife needs him. He is told he can return to earth but not as himself. Flashforward 19 years where we see Shepherd’s daughter (Mary Stuart Masterson) preparing to graduate from college and encountering a young man (Robert Downey Jr.)who, it turns out is the reincarnation of her father. The film is a little on the predictable side…the story goes all the places you expect it to, but it is so charmingly played by an energetic cast (especially Shepherd and Downey) that you can’t help but get wrapped up in the fun. Shepherd has rarely been seen on screen to better advantage and she and Downey are backed by a talented group of character actors in supporting roles. A lovely and charming fantasy that will engulf and enchant you.
Made for those who have loved and lost but have never forgotten.
How often do you find a film where everybody is so nice that you just root for them to find happiness regardless of the situation? That’s the case for the widowed Cybil Shepherd, a Smithsonian curator so deeply in love with her late husband (Chris McDonald) that she’s been in therapy for decades trying to get over his sudden death. Along comes Robert Downey Jr. Who appears to be McDonald’s reincarnation, now dating Shepherd’s daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson. Shepherd and McDonald’s best friend, Ryan O’Neal, has stuck around for decades, always in love with Shepherd but unable to tell her. When Downey realizes the truth upon coming back to his (or McDonald’s) old home, the old memories come back and this puts all four leading characters into a very precarious predicament.
“I’m so ripe I’m about to fall off the vine”, Shepherd tells her therapist, James Noble. But is she so ripe that she would take away her daughter’s boyfriend just because of an accident of reincarnation? Certainly the way McDonald was killed right in front of Shepherd’s eyes is an understandable reason for her unable to accept the loss, and their love was so pure that you can feel her pain coming off of her like a grape from the vine.
There are other aspects of this film that makes it a fantasy comedy well worth seeing and filled with emotions that can make it both funny and tear jerking at the same time. Of course there’s the classic Johnny Mathis song that opens up the film, but there’s also the newly written song “After All”, sung by Cher and Peter Cetera that is one of the greatest movie theme songs not to win the Academy Award. It’s one of those songs that upon hearing it inside or out of the movie will create a dewy feeling.
Then there is veteran character actress Fran Ryan playing a Washington matron whom Downey charms, dancing her into a tizzy as she gets more and more rambunctious but unable to keep up with the much younger man. A plot line involving McDonald witnessing a judge with an organized crime lord seems thrown in for no good reason, but it does have a point that you need to stick with to see it unfold. Veteran character actors Henderson Forsythe, Dennis Patrick and Josef Summer also figure into the plot in important smaller roles, and the wonderful Kathleen Freeman is very funny in her bit role as the Yale library manager.
The sequence in heaven will remind you immediately of “Heaven Can Wait”, but it is very funny with confusion allowing McDonald/Downey to be reincarnated without having his previous life memory removed. This is a film that is pleasing on so many levels, mostly spiritually because it reminds us of the power of love that never leaves our soul just because someone has been taken away from us in earthly form.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Director Emile Ardolino
Writer Perry Howze, Randy Howze
Actors Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O’Neal
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 win & 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Lenses and Panaflex Cameras by Panavision
Laboratory Metrocolor, Culver City (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,880 m (Italy)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm