(Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2007) 2008 / Warner Bros.)p>
Overview: Ryan Reynolds plays Frank, a compulsive list-maker and paragon of punctuality who gets behind schedule one day by a mere ten minutes and watches his world fall down around him. Arriving late for one of his own seminars, the rattled Frank becomes vulnerable to a serial seducer (Sarah Chalke) of married men, and drawn into a baby-delivery emergency. The ensuing confusion causes a rift between Frank and his suspicious wife (Emily Mortimer), which is nothing compared to what happens after Frank - trying to resolve his problems - discovers he’s not the father of his daughter, Jesse (Elisabeth Harnois).
DVD Verdict: Frank Allen (Ryan Reynolds) is about to give away his daughter Jesse in marriage. Before he does, however, the anal, overly organized father feels he must impart some words of wisdom to his soon-to-be son-in-law, Ed (Mike Erwin).
Frank's wisdom plays out over the course of the movie Chaos Theory as he shares a dramatic tale of the ups and downs of his own marriage experience. As the story begins, Frank and his buddy, Buddy (Stuart Townsend) are fighting over the same girl, Susan Allen (Emily Mortimer). Susan chooses to be with Frank and the two get married and have a daughter. Jesse is seven at the beginning of the movie.
When Frank leaves for a lecture, his highly structured existence is screwed up when Susan intends to set the clock ahead 10 minutes as a joke, but instead sets it behind. Frank ends up late for a lecture about time management. Following the lecture, Frank is approached by the beautiful Paula Crowe (Sarah Chalke), who was at the lecture. After several drinks and seductive compliments, Paula works her way into Frank's room. Susan calls to check in and Frank immediately runs out to return home.
On his way home, Frank (driving drunk) runs a pregnant woman off the road. Although attempting to do a good deed by helping her to the hospital, Frank actually sets off a chain reaction of events that lead to tale of love, forgiveness, and chaos. This move is extremely thoughtful and charming. Reynolds is one of our favorite actors and is brilliant as he portrays his character during multiple points in his life. Emily Mortimer is also excellent in her role as the sought after leading lady, wife, and mother. Her emotional acting is excellent. This story is a good romantic comedy that should not scare guys away, as it offers some very `manly' comedic relief. Indeed, the entire supporting cast were excellent, and Reynolds' character brings an appropriate amount of the aforementioned comic relief mixed with his unraveling. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.