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"Alex has a lifetime full of wonderful memories. Unfortunately, they're not his."
  • PG
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 6.5  (13,686)
  • 62

Chances Are is a romantic comedy that was released in 1989. It stars Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., and Ryan O'Neal. The movie was directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Perry Howze, Randy Howze and Leonora Thuna. In the movie Chances Are, a young couple, Corinne Jeffries (played by Cybill Shepherd) and Louie Jeffries (played by Christopher McDonald) are in love and planning to get married. However, Louie is killed in a car accident before they can tie the knot. He is reincarnated as Alex Finch (played by Robert Downey Jr.). Alex grows up believing he is a music critic and feels a strong attraction towards Corinne, but he is unaware of his past.

Twenty-three years after Louie's death, Alex meets Corinne's daughter Miranda (played by Mary Stuart Masterson), who is starting her first year at college. Alex has a strong feeling of déjà vu when he meets Miranda, but he is not sure why. He begins to investigate his past and, with the help of his friend Phillip Train (played by Ryan O'Neal), he discovers that he is the reincarnation of Louie Jeffries.

Alex realizes that if he truly is Louie, then Corinne must be his true love. He tries to reconnect with Corinne, but she is now a successful lawyer and no longer believes in reincarnation. She is also engaged to a wealthy businessman. Alex, however, is persistent and continues to pursue Corinne. Phillip advises him to be careful and not to reveal his true identity too soon.

As Alex gets closer to Corinne, Miranda shares with him a letter that Louie wrote to her on the day he died, expressing his love for Corinne and his desire to spend the rest of his life with her. This letter is what sparks Corinne's memory of Louie and she begins to believe that Alex really is her reincarnated lover.

Chances Are is a charming, delightful movie that is sure to please fans of romantic comedies. The chemistry between Cybill Shepherd and Robert Downey Jr. is palpable and their performances are top-notch. Ryan O'Neal is also excellent as Phillip, the friend who helps Alex navigate the complicated world of reincarnation and love.

The movie is well-paced, with plenty of humorous moments and touching scenes. Its themes of love, loss, and reincarnation are handled with sensitivity and grace. The soundtrack is also great, featuring songs from the likes of Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, and Marvin Gaye.

Overall, Chances Are is a delightful movie that is sure to warm the heart and put a smile on your face. It is a must-see for fans of romantic comedies and anyone who believes in the power of true love.

Chances Are is a 1989 fantasy movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 48 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 62.

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