Chaos theory is the mathematical study of deterministic behavior that is not predictable. It’s chaotic, not random. There is so much cause and effect going on that it’s too complicated to know what’s going to happen next. The classic example is weather. Which is why meteorologists get no respect.
The movie Chaos Theory wants to say that it applies to life as well. And maybe it succeeds. I lost track. It’s a comedy, after all.
I don’t understand why it’s told in flashback. The framing may provide extra certainty, I guess. Which makes sense because otherwise it all seems pretty, uh, random. The plot moves forward because of misunderstandings. It’s all mistakes and misunderstandings.
Folks try to explain how it all started because someone set clock 10 minutes forward. This shows that they don’t know what they’re talking about. She set the clock backwards. We the viewing audience know the difference. But things are so chaotic in this movie that other folks can’t keep it straight. Spring forward, fall back.
It’s not the plot that makes it funny. It’s the characters. And it is a funny movie. The characters are not chaotic. You can see pretty much where they’ve got to go. The getting of there is all the fun.
Easy on the string cheese, buster.