Chances Are

Alex has a lifetime full of wonderful memories. Unfortunately, they're not his.
Alex has a lifetime full of wonderful memories. Unfortunately, they're not his.
CHANCES ARE (PG)
D: Emile Ardolino
Tristar (Mike Lobell)
USA 🇺🇸 1989
108 mins
 
Comedy/Romance/Fantasy
 
W: Perry Howze & Randy Howze
DP: William A. Fraker
Ed: Harry Keramidas
Mus: Maurice Jarre
PD: Dennis Washington
 
Cybill Shepherd (Corinne Jeffries), Robert Downey, Jr. (Alex Finch), Ryan O'Neal (Phillip Train), Mary Stuart Masterson (Miranda Jeffries), Christopher McDonald (Louie Jeffries)
 
A better than average variation on similar themes, clearly inspired by the 1941 fantasy movie Here Comes Mr. Jordan and its 1978 remake Heaven Can Wait.
The concept is more confusing to read than it is to watch, so I shall try my best.
Cybill Shepherd's husband Christopher McDonald dies in an accident and is reincarnated in the body of (what becomes twenty-odd years later) Robert Downey, Jr., who develops a relationship with Cybill Shepherd's daughter, but their relationship becomes awkward when he remembers the life he used to have when he is introduced at a family dinner.
It has moments of amusement, but if you think about it too much, it's a little bit creepy.
5/10

Robert Downey, Jr. & Cybill Shepherd in Chances Are
Robert Downey, Jr. & Cybill Shepherd in Chances Are