The Curiosity of Chance

The Curiosity of Chance

DVD - 2006
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"It's the 80s once again and the John Hughes-styled high school comedy gets a fresh twist in this touching coming-of-age tale. New wave angst and gender-bending fashion are all the rage but the new kid at school Chance Marquis ... is trying to find new ways to stand out. Being an odd and somewhat awkward teenager makes him the target of the school bully. To deal with this dilemma Chance turns to the opposite ends of the high school spectrum for help. On one side is the flamboyant drag queen and on the other the varsity jock Levi Sparks ... with whom Chance develops a unique friendship. "--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : TLA Releasing, c2006
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 27, 2014

The Curiosity of Chance feels like a movie made by high school kids who had access to good equipment and who had seen every John Hughes teen movie many many times and L-O-V-E-D the 80s.

The film looks good, is decently shot and edited, has believable costumes, and decent 80s tunes.

But the script is awful. The story feels as if it were made up as they went along but you know it wasn't because the dialog is so wordy, clunky, and stiff you wonder if it was written with industrial script manufacturing equipment. The humor is so low one expects to hear farting and burping throughout the film. The story and characters are nothing but clichés and stereotypes. Some might claim that the Curiosity of Chance is a send up of high school dramas but if that was the intent it fails.

Chance is a Rosemary Clooney loving vintage clothes wearing drama kid who thinks a top hat and bow tie are sensible attire for his first day at a new school. Not very far into the film Chance ends up in the dressing room of a drag show listening to big bitchy queens dish out pat advice. Shortly after that Chance is putting on his mother's old dresses and makeup.


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