Chaos Theory

What is Chaos Theory about?

The protagonist Frank Allen (Ryan Reynolds) has got his things in order,probably too much (Just how I’d like to be).  He is a motivational speaker on efficiency.  A spanner is thrown in the works though when he finds out that his daughter couldn’t be his and flips out for the rest of the film.

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How come I think it’s great?

It goes against everything I consider the right way to do things.  At the start, I can relate to this guy but when he loses I can’t.  This is the part I really like though.  Although he starts off being together, he actually becomes more together by not caring about anything.  He drinks, fights and does nudey runs at hockey games.  When he starts taking chances and not living life autocratically, he grows and eventually gives himself purpose.


Why is it boycotted?

It might be because you don’t really see Ryan Reynolds in this kind of role.  Halfway through you sort of do when he starts losing it but still I think people were expecting a real comedy when he’s being Van Wilder the whole time.  I think he did a great job with this.  It did well at the box office but critics hated it but who gives a fuck what they think.


What was the best scene?  And what does it accomplish?

There is a scene after he’s found out his daughter couldn’t be his, he’s decided to take chances.  He starts drinking and smoking Ryan Reynoldsand letting loose; and he attends one of his seminars.  There he parodies his own work and sometimes looks on at it in disgust.  Some great lines here too.  This scene doesn’t really achieve much except that it is just a good knee slapper.


What is the best line?

Frank Allen played by Ryan Reynolds; said when he’s giving life advice to his daughter’s wedding to his new son-in-law.

“Ever hear of chaos theory, Ed?  It’s a science, tries to determine underlying patterns in chaotic systems.  Weather, ocean currents, blood flow, that sort of thing.  But it turns out that there are few things more chaotic than the beat of a human heart.  Its beating up, slowing down.  Pretty face, flight of stairs.  It’s always changing depending on what’s happening out there.  It’s an erratic son of a bitch.  But underneath all of that bump-da-bump mess, there is in fact a pattern, the truth, and it’s love.  Most important thing about love is that we choose to give it, and we choose to receive it.  Making it the least random act in the entire universe.  It transcends blood, it transcends betrayal and all the dirt that makes us human.  If you can figure that out, the Jake Lees of the world got nothing on you.”

What is the general message that it sends?

That there are two sides to everyone and both are crazy.  I find I go a little too far to how the character Frank Allen is at the start.  I find I go a little too far to how the character Frank Allen is at the end.  The beauty of this movie is too find that middle ground and not take life too seriously but not being too blase either.


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