The Butterfly Effect

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Those who enjoy something that gets to the point will have better luck watching a chess match between Andy Dick and Stephen Baldwin.

There's a quote at the beginning of this film regarding chaos theory: specifically, the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings can cause a catastrophe on the other side of the world. This film is one such catastrophe.

Those who enjoy something that gets to the point will have better luck watching a chess match between Andy Dick and Stephen Baldwin. Directors Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber (it takes two people to make something this bad?) start by focusing on the tragic childhoods of Evan and his sweetheart Kayleigh. When Evan (Kutcher) grows up and life hasn't turned out quite right for him or Kayleigh (Amy Smart), he realizes that the blackouts he had as a child are actually the key to traveling back in time to alter the present.

Though this plot makes about as much sense as a George W. Bush State of the Union address, the directors hardly sweat the details. Exacerbating the confusion at my screening was the distracting sound of cracking neck vertebrae as Kutcher fans watched the concept of chaos theory sail right over their tiny heads.

Each time Evan changes the past, it produces increasingly frustrating results. Kayleigh leads a troubled life and no matter what Evan does, his efforts don't make things better. In one particularly disturbing sequence, Evan returns to the present to find that he's dating Demi Moore. Evan's final solution is truly a message for our times: Do nothing. Do yourself a favor if you're considering seeing this one: Take the film's advice.

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