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The Chosen One (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 3 September 2010 (USA)
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A man finally finds faith in himself after the rest of world puts its faith in him; the sole being on earth who can save mankind from its own destruction - The Chosen One.


Rob Schneider



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Credited cast:
Steve Buscemi ... Neal
Holland Taylor ... Ruth
Rob Schneider ... Paul
Samantha Smith ... Christine
Peter Riegert ... Bob
George Dzundza ... Norman
Jack McGee ... Produce Manager
Brandon Molale ... Cop #1
Marcus Giamatti ... Freddy
Sanny van Heteren ... Waitress
Kent Shocknek ... Newscaster
Carolina Gómez ... Marissa
Ian Fisher ... NY Cabbie
Michael Yama ... Mr. Nakamuri
Pamela Guest ... Bird Lady


Paul is an ordinary man who is at the end of his rope. He hates his job, his beautiful wife has left him, and his mother and gay, Buddhist-monk brother constantly remind him of his shortcomings. Although Paul doesn't know it yet, his life is about to change in a big way. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sexual material, language, mature thematic content and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El elegido See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)
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The film was a pet project of the star, Rob Schneider. See more »


At the end of the film, when Neil puts the nest back on the building, a chunk of the plastic bag is left on the metal hooks of the ledge. When the bird comes back the plastic it is gone, and the nest has miraculously moved from the left side to the middle of the ledge. See more »


[first lines]
Christine: [on answering machine] Paul, it's Christine. Listen, I'm sorry that I hurt you. I never meant for this to happen. I feel like you've been pushing away for that last two years. I love you Paul, but, I want more in my life. Goodbye.
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References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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Barely Watchable
6 September 2010 | by bob-rutzel-1See all my reviews

Paul (Schneider) has lost his wife, is about to lose his job and tries to do himself in when he is visited by strange people from Colombia, South America who have anointed him as The Chosen One.

If One is going direct Oneself in a movie, One's name should be Clint Eastwood.

Schneider helped write, produce and direct himself in this barely watchable movie. One rule of radio is needed here: Let not DEAD AIR rule the airways. Here the acting was tentative by Schneider as though he was concentrating too much on watching himself direct and watching himself act all at the same time, and the result was too much hesitation when that wasn't called for. Yes, his character was going through some stuff, but the hesitations were like a football player consistently fumbling the ball. Doesn't look good. This is not the Rob Schneider I thought I would see. He needs to go back to Adam Sandler and beg for a job.

This is not a comedy, not a drama and is more of an outline of I don't know what in the sense: "let's see how this might go" , or "let's try this" and staying with those bonehead ideas. I saw where it could have been a comedy, but…………

The questions I had and Paul never asked in the beginning when he was told he was the Chosen One was: Why Me? followed up by: what do I have to do? And what am I supposed to do. Okay, he did ask why me? but didn't ask the other questions. No, we had to suffer through the movie to find out what he had to do to earn the title. Fair enough, but I still would have asked those other questions. Come on, tell me I am the Chosen One and you will hear the questions. Thought so. Am not, right? Thought so. Hmmmm..........

So later he climbs a tall building to put a hawk's nest back. But, when the hawk's nest was first removed, someone from the window above the nest quickly snatched up the nest. Why didn't Paul use that same window to put the nest back? Not much excitement in opening a window and plopping down the nest, is there? If a door or a way was blocked to do that, it should have been shown. It wasn't. He ended up climbing. Of course, we all wondered if he would fall.

John Schneider also helped produce this. I thought they may be brothers but cannot find that to be the case. But, that may not be the same John Schneider (Dukes of Hazard, Smallville) I am thinking of. Hey, I just learned there is another Christopher Lloyd (helps write for Modern Family TV show), and not the Back to the Future and Taxi guy. Hard to keep your eye on the ball these days. Reminds me of a story where almost everyone was named James Bond. Yes, they all said, "Bond, James Bond."

Violence: No. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Not really, mild stuff and not much of it.

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