John Lyde: Director, Writer, Film Editor, Producer, Cinematographer
From the cover: "Love makes you do crazy things . . . like travel over 1700 miles to meet the girl of your dreams! It makes perfect sense to Texas redneck Elliot (Corbin Allred), who sees only a photo of Natalie (Lara Everly), but instantly knows she's the girl for him.
"Convincing his dim-witted brother Eugene (Kirby Heyborne) to take a road trip to Pleasant Valley, Idaho, Elliot and his brother get in over their heads when they pose as foreign exchange students and end up living with Natalie's family!
"Trying to avoid getting caught, Elliot and Eugene--now known as Gustav and Gayzah--get drawn into separate romantic misadventures! But these brothers aren't the only con going on in Pleasant Valley: the beautiful and deceptive Cindy (RaeAnn Christensen) has some plans of her own, using the impressionable Doogie (Bobby Swenson) as bait!
"A fun and breezy teen comedy with romance to boot, Take a Chance shows that faking your way can only get you so far . . . it's who you really are that lets you win the game of love!"
Though not distributed theatrically, this essentially marks director John Lyde's feature debut. Mormons are only mentioned once in a list of denominations represented in Pleasant Valley, but the beginning sequence spoofs LDS missionaries with two pesticide salesmen who fit the missionary model to a tee.