Chances Are
Chances Are (1989)

A mistake in heaven causes a lawyer to retain a partial memory of his previous life before being reincarnated. As his "new" self, he makes the acquaintance of his widow and meets and falls in love with his own daughter -- just… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 10, 1989
DVD Release Date: April 14, 1998
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A lot of fun.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Emile Ardolino, who directed Dirty Dancing, leaves the film hovering halfway between dewy romance and bedroom farce, but he displays little of the sharpness or comic timing needed for either one.

Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

As a featherweight trifle rooted in young death, an endless mourning process, and quasi-incestuous stirrings, the film suffers from jarring tonal shifts on a continual basis.

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Variety Staff

A potentially charming premise yields only a handful of chuckles.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie itself is surprisingly affecting, perhaps because Shepherd never goes for easy laughs but plays her character seriously.

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Dustin Putman

[Blu-ray Review] Worthy of being rediscovered by fans of any of the actors or '80s comfort-food movie enthusiasts in general, "Chances Are" earns a recommendation.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

This went direct to video in Britain, but as latter-day Hollywood romantic comedies go, it has a bit more style than you might expect.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

As love interests go, Shepherd and Downey are about as hot as Ike and Mamie Eisenhower, though the apoplectic Downey does have his comedic moments.

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Emanuel Levy

This whimsical fantasy-comedy of reincarnation is well acted by Robert Downey Jr.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
The cinematic counterpart to Heart and Souls; it's the other movie in which RDJ's body is taken over by restless ghouls. It's really funny and… More
xGary Xx
A reasonable romantic fantasy in which Cybill Shepherd's husband is reincarnated in the form of Robert Downet Jr., and proceeds to continue to woo her from… More
Spencer S.
Personally, I have a soft spot for Robert Downey Jr. films from the 90's, and Cybill Shepherd has always been a favorite of mine. That's the main… More
Dean McKenna
Robert Downey Jr. is so hilarious in this heart-warming story of a man who gets an unforgettable second chance at love.
Leigh Ryan
Weird, but funny and adorable.
Sean Gillespie
Good RD Jr movie.