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Taking Chances - romantic comedy DVD review
TAKING CHANCES Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Corddry, Missi Pyle, Keir O'Donnell
Director: Talmage Cooley   Distributor: Lions Gate
DVD release: 24 November 2009   Runtime: 99 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC

DVD features: Aspect ratio 2.35:1, Audio (English - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Subtitles (Spanish), Closed captioned

Chase Revere (Justin Long) is a small-town history dweeb. He seems to be the only one in town who appreciates the less than fantastic past of Patriotville - the only one who lives up to its name, perhaps. In charge of the historical society, he holds the local museum and battlefield up on his shoulders through force of will alone. He also works in his fathers' motel, bringing fresh towels to the guests and working the office.

Patriotville is dying. The budget is projecting a shortfall while the council scrambles to come up with ways to save it. The most promising prospect seems to be to build a casino. For that, they'll need the Algonquin Indian tribe to choose their town over Sulfur Falls. If the Indians approve Patriotville for the location, they'll plop it down on the very spot at the core of Chase's historical fervor. This seems to Chase like a cause worth fighting for. Mayor Fishback (Rob Corddry) refuses to hear him out, and the police chase him off the street when petitioning to put the casino to a vote. The locals pull down his posters when he tries to put together a rally. His father encourages him to give up.

Lucy (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is the girl whom Chase is hoping to woo. She seems warm to him but keeps him at arm's-length, and we're not sure why. She alone is in touch with his historical passion, even if she doesn't quite feel it herself.

Taking Chances is a good little film. Long and Chriqui are able to carry the film on their personalities alone. There are flawed characters here, but their motivations are (or become) clear. We're all really pulling for Chase, but we could be the only ones doing so.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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