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Chances Are Academy Award Nomination! 

By Marshall Fine

Cybill Shepherd plays a pregnant woman whose husband is killed before their baby is born; once he gets to heaven, he begs for a chance to come back to her and his unborn child. The twist is that he returns in the form of Robert Downey Jr., boyfriend to Cybill's daughter (Mary Stuart Masterson). When the daughter brings him home from college, he gets his memory back--and starts coming on to her mom. Sounds like a Jerry Springer show--"Help! My dad has been reincarnated as my boyfriend!"--but this Emile Ardolino film actually has a passable amount of charm and wit, once it gets into gear. It gives you a sense of just how funny and charming Downey can be, given the right material.

Academy Awards

Chances Are received an Academy Awards nomination for Best Achievement in Music (Original Song; Tom Snow - Music, Dean Pitchford - Lyrics).


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Director: Emile Ardolino

Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O'Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson

Released: March 10, 1989

Availability: DVD VHS

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