Friday, April 11, 2008

Chaos Theory

When you watch Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, there's often a sense that you're not just watching him perform in a movie, you're watching the next stage of his unfolding career plan. First, there was the Jim Carrey-derived smart aleck of his early roles such as National Lampoon's Van Wilder; then the buff action star in Blade, and now, the flustered family man fighting between control and impulse.

Even as Definitely, Maybe is still running in the theatres, Reynolds gets a second romantic comedy/daddy role in Chaos Theory. He plays an efficiency expert who learns that the ways of love are hard to quantify. The premise feels quaint, like some Jack Lemmon or Tony Curtis studio vehicle from around 1960, though that isn't necessarily a bad thing. How many Judd Apatow boner jokes can you take in one movie year?

As in Definitely, Maybe, most of the movie takes place as a story-within-a-story. When a nervous groom, Ed (Mike Erwin) is attempting to make a run for it before his wedding, he gets caught by Frank (Reynolds), the father of the bride. The older man takes the young man aside, and sits him down for a talking to, by way of a long tale of his own young married woes.

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