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A 1999 Rom Com directed by Gary Sinyor and starring Chris O'Donnell as a bachelor who has less than 24 hours to get married otherwise he would lose his inheritance of $100 million from his grandfather.

It also starred Renée Zellweger, Hal Holbrook, James Cromwell, and Artie Lange.

The film was released on November 5, 1999.

Tropes for the film:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Obviously due to being a remake, the biggest change are the brides at the end. In the original Seven Chances the brides were mostly pretty ugly, with a few looking pretty if plain. Here outside of a few and the men dressed as brides, most of them are cute and pretty with a few being downright beautiful. This is best shown in the crowd shots.
  • Amazon Brigade: The brides form one to supposedly kill Jimmy due to angering them.
  • Bridezilla: The brides at the end fight with each other for Jimmy, and when Jimmy and Anne tried to get married, they attack the priest.
  • Celebrity Paradox: One of the would-be brides in the crowd mentions she's a Princeton grad like Brooke Shields. Shields, herself, plays Buckley in the film.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Buckley, Jimmie's most unpleasant ex, is a smoker. Every time she learns a condition for inheriting the fortune, she lights up and barters for a loophole. By the third requirement, having children, her hand is shaking too much to smoke and she bolts.
  • Curse Cut Short: Grandad's video will gets as far as "You're gonna get cut off without a goddamn cent, and fu-!" before Sid pauses it.
  • Death Song: Parodied when Jimmie notes that Ilana's character is singing even while she's dying.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Marco puts an ad in the newspaper to help Jimmie in a desperate attempt to find him a bride in time. It never occurred to him, there would be more than just a few single women who would want to marry Jimmie for the money. By the time he realizes this, he sees all the women outside the church dressed in wedding gowns, and mutters "Oops".
  • Dinner and a Breakup: Anne breaks up with Jimmie and angrily storms out of the restaurant because he basically told her that he was only proposing because she wants to get married, not be cause he loves her.
  • Escalating Chase: Kinda. When chased by hundreds of brides, he first deals with a few dozen. Then after meeting Anne he gets chased by hundreds up and down the street. Then two more streets-full of brides join the chase, culminating in a sea of brides chasing Jimmie.
  • Fanservice Extra: Many of Jimmie's previous lovers count, since all are rather pretty and only appear for one scene. If not them than hundreds of brides at the end count, with many being rather pretty in their bridal gowns.
  • Gold Digger: It's shown that most of the brides near the end are just trying to marry Jimmy for the millions.
  • I Want Grandkids: A grandfather version, so much so that Jimmie's grandfather had it written in his will for his grandson to get married and have children in order to get his inheritance.
  • No Name Given: The Priest is never named.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Marco tries to warn Jimmie to skip over Zoe from his list of exes, as she's not the most stable. Indeed, when Jimmie suddenly ditches her, she sets a mannequin on fire.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Marco panics when he thinks Jimmie's birthday is a few weeks away. The panic gets worse when Jimmie reveals it's actually the next day.
    • Later in the film, the men collectively panic when they see that Marco's newspaper ad attracted hundreds of women who all want to marry Jimmie and are out for blood when he declines.
  • On One Condition: Jimmie will inherit his cynical, progeny-obsessed grandfather's $100 million if he gets married before his 30th birthday, which will arrive in less than 24 hours from the reading of the will. So that he should remain an admirable lead and not motivated by greed, it is made clear that if he doesn't fulfill the condition, the sporting-goods factory where he works will be shut down and its assets sold off, throwing hundreds of people he knows out of work.
  • Open the Door and See All the People: When Jimmie wakes up at the church, he see hundreds of prospective brides waiting for him.
  • The Quiet One: After his introduction, the Priest doesn't say another word until the final act.
  • Race Against the Clock: Jimmie needs to get married before his 30th birthday is over, specifically the exact time he was born, or lose the inheritance and the business along with it.
  • Sassy Black Woman: One of the brides near the end (Played by Niecy Nash) acts like this to Jimmy, and is the one to start trouble.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: For one reason or another, none of Jimmie's ex-girlfriends are interested in marrying him, even for $100 million. This thoroughly perplexes Roy:
    Roy: And you're mentioning the money? What in the hell kind of women are these?!
  • Soapbox Sadie: Carolyn is a perpetual student who makes feminist arguments against the institution of marriage fueled partly by the fact that Jimmie has a financial incentive to propose to her.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: The video will tells the room of stunned viewers to breathe when Granddad tells them what the inheritance is worth.
  • Unwanted Harem: Near the end of the film, hundreds of random women from around the city attempt to marry Jimmy. Big, Small, Tall, Old, as long as she's single, she wants Jimmy.