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Taking Chances (DVD Review)

26 Oct, 2009 By: Angelique Flores

Prebook 10/28/09; Street 11/24/09
$26.98 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for some crude sexual references.
Stars Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Corddry, Keir O’Donnell.

Chase Revere (Justin Long) isn’t a typical young man. He works at his town’s historical museum and its historic battlefield. His passion for his job and the city’s history runs so deep, he has little time for anything else.

His best friend Digger, whose main concern is hooking up with high-school girls, tries to peel Chase away from his work to no avail.

Meanwhile, the city council is planning to sell the land where the battlefield rests to a tribe of Native Americans who want to build a casino. Naturally, when Chase finds out, he is livid. Unfortunately, he’s pretty much alone. Chase launches a campaign to protect the battlefield. However, he meets unexpected opposition from the townspeople who want the casino, which they hope will bring in much needed money.

The only support Chase receives is from his new friend, the smoldering Lucy (Emmanuelle Chriqui). The two develop a romantic interest in each other, but her past and secrets end up complicating things for Chase.

There are some great lines in the script that are easy to miss unless you’re paying attention closely, and the music score brought an indie vibe to the film. This comedy is great for fans of quirky humor and characters in the vein of offbeat comedies such as Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.

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