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The Curiosity of Chance (2006)

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A confident, out-of-the-closet gay teenager has the support of an eclectic range of friends while dealing with a homophobic bully during his first year at an international high school.

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Russell P. Marleau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tad Hilgenbrink ... Chance Marquis (as Tad Hilgenbrinck)
Brett Chukerman Brett Chukerman ... Levi Sparks
Aldevina Da Silva Aldevina Da Silva ... Twyla Tiller
Pieter Van Nieuwenhuyze Pieter Van Nieuwenhuyze ... Hank Hudson
Chris Mulkey ... Sir
Maxim Maes Maxim Maes ... Brad Harden
Colleen Cameron ... Sienna Marquis
Danny Calander Danny Calander ... Claire Vuoyant
Magali Uytterhaegen Magali Uytterhaegen ... VP Ophelia Smelker
Didier Matthys Didier Matthys ... Gus
Benjamin Royaards ... Steve
Joyce Berx Joyce Berx ... Toni Durazo
Sophie Engel Sophie Engel ... Rachel
Tineke Caels Tineke Caels ... Loretta Getzick
Tony Beck Tony Beck ... Lawrence Sparks
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Chance Marquis, a confident, self-assured, quick-witted, perceptive, outspoken and clear-headed gay teenager, reflects back on his first year at an international high school. While meeting and making friends with an assortment of types, he also has the targeted attentions of a mirthless vice principal and a bullying, homophobic soccer jock out to make his life miserable. At home, Chance's perceptive little sister openly shares all his confidential secrets with their widowed career-army father seeking common ground with his atypical children. Introduced to a drag club, Chance finds fun and success in a cross-dressing contest, but a photo of his participation makes life at a school a living hell. Time to find out the depths of your friendships. Written by statmanjeff

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The only way he could fit in was to stand out.

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Country:

Belgium | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chance' Highschool Abenteuer See more »

Filming Locations:

Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium

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Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)
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Bigfoot Entertainment See more »
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(DVD)

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Color
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Trivia

Tad Hilgenbrink (who portrays Chance Marquis) was born and raised as a farm boy in Illinois. His full birth name was Tadeus Moses Hilgenbrinck before he had it legally shortened to Tad Hilgenbrink, although he was still credited as Tad Hilgenbrinck, as he was also credited in several other films. See more »

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While driving to get to a photo shoot location, a Ford Focus and a Ford Ka pass in opposite direction among other cars. Both models did not exist before 1998 and 1996 respectively. See more »

Quotes

Levi Sparks: I think we're neighbors.
Chance Marquis: Uh, I don't suppose you'd believe I have an identical twin brother who looks exactly like me?
Levi Sparks: I can show you how to rig your cable box for the porn channels.
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References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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Dream Woman
Written by Paul Bliven and Ben Cooper
Performed by Level 7 Music
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limps along with little style or class - lame and forgettable
13 August 2008 | by jvframeSee all my reviews

Easily the best thing about "The Curiosity Of Chance" is that the Devo song "That's Good" accompanies the opening credits.

The rest of the film is really quite lame, barely entertaining, and highly forgettable.

The screenplay is far too apparently contrived and self-consciously striving to appear witty - and it is delivered with a distinct lack of passion or conviction.

I don't like that the main protagonist is a cruel smart-arsed vile little body fascist and yet he's presented as someone whom we ought to feel empathy for as he struggles for non-judgmental acceptance.

Chock full of tired gay movie clichés, there is particularly unforgivable opportunistic and abusive stereotyping in the portrayal of the school principal - who is targeted relentlessly for our supposed amusement as an overweight woman with no self-awareness of her body odour problem.

Noticeably placed eye candy in the form of actor Brett Chukermen is diminished by the fact that Brett doesn't move outside of the range of facial expressions which are almost trademarked "Jake Gyllenhaal".

I really can't see any reason to recommend this film to anyone - not even the Devo intro saves it.


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