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Chance (2002)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 September 2002 (USA)
A young woman tries to find the right man to be with while dealing with her own life and family problems.

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Amber Benson

Writer:

Amber Benson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amber Benson ... Chance
James Marsters ... Simon
Tressa DiFiglia ... Sara (as Tressa di Figlia)
Andy Hallett ... Jack (as Andrew Hallett)
Lars Woods ... Rory (as Rayder Woods)
Jeff Ricketts ... Malcolm
Nate Barlow ... Milton
Shamus Murphy ... Guy
David Fury ... Pizza Man
Cathy Doe ... Zara
Patrick Beller Patrick Beller ... Orderly
Lara Wickes ... Heidi (as Lara Boyd Rhodes)
Rupert Cole Rupert Cole ... Johnny
Jaimie Linn ... Rachie
Grant Langston Grant Langston ... Strolling Minstrel
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Storyline

'Chance' is a black comedy about how hard it is to find "the one". Mostly told from the point-of-view of a young, sexually aggressive woman, named Chance, whom according to her: "we're all out there looking for true love", which turns out to be a very elusive thing indeed, and Chance is no exception. She's desperately on the prowl for a man, but since she's more mouse than cat, she get's herself into scrape after scrape in her screwball pursuit of love. Surrounded by a bevy of adoring but completely wrong-for-her men (and one dead girl from Manchester, England), Chance has to pick her way through her messy life in order to figure out which guy is "it". Written by <Fabian@gallatinriver.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Шанс See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the time that the film was made, Tressa DiFiglia (Sara) was the wife of Amber Benson's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) co-star, Nicholas Brendon. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Simon orders a delivery pizza, he takes out a piece with no topping to give to his neighbor. When he actually hands it over, it is topped with mushrooms. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chance: [voiceover] All right, you live your life in a totally normal, full on reality check kind of way. That's good and cool. Things don't get messed up. People you love hang around until you can't stand them anymore. Things never change. But shit like that doesn't happen in real life. Real life is just a movie with someone's finger jammed on fast forward. The numbers change faster than you can count. When you're a little kid, you never think you're gonna die. I mean death is just some ...
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Soundtracks

Sweet Hunchback
Written by Michael Howlett
Performed by Amy Howlett
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Excellent debut from a very talented girl...
21 January 2004 | by groovycathersSee all my reviews

I bought this film based upon the facts that (a) I'm a huge Buffy/Angel fan (b) James Marsters fairly permanently occupies the wallpaper on my PC (c) I was heavily influenced by the other reviews here on IMDb (d) I think Amber Benson is a talented girl and I've followed other projects like The Ghosts of Albion (UK's BBC Online)

Anyway, I digress - is the film actually any good? I think so.

It's not perfect, maybe periodically a little contrived; at times I found myself wondering if Jay and Silent Bob might just appear from somewhere, as some of the characterisations aped early Kevin Smith a little too closely, although I wouldn't blame Amber for looking in that direction for inspiration, the guy is a great writer/director.

I found the principal characters of Chance and Simon likable and easy to relate to, it took me a while longer to feel comfortable with the idea and structure of some of the other characters. Maybe that was intentional, I don't know. It was fun to spot all the Buffy/Angel-related people out of context :) Amber certainly doesn't typecast...

Some of the writing was laugh-out-loud funny and quotable, and the acting was first-class in all departments. I find it hard to believe that Chance has not been able to find a distributor to date. This film, and Amber Benson, show a hell of a lot more talent than the average Hollywood offering, and coming across as a "small film" in terms of budget and production style, has all the hallmarks of a cult hit given the opportunity of more than a just few thousand getting to see it.

I wasn't disappointed in the $68 (£39) I spent getting the movie over from the US - you buy an Amber signed poster and 10x8" print and get the DVD for "free" - the system seems to work, Benson Entertainment were very efficient and I got the film in 2 weeks from start to finish - pretty impressive!

I wish Amber Benson every success in any further attempt to get Chance distributed properly, and any future productions - based on the projects she's done so far, she's got a real chance(sic) to be a big Hollywood player in the not-so-distant future.


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