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Serendipity (2001)

Comedy movie directed by Peter Chelsom

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Serendipity, the movie about wasted time & sullen souls

  • Aug 10, 2009
I consider myself an equal opportunity viewer of cinema, I will watch just about anything. In contrast, I won't watch everything in the movie theater. Therefore I can remember seeing the trailer for this movie in the theater and thinking "This movie looks stupid" and "money was spent to make this tomfoolery"? Then some years later "Serendipity" was on cable and figured why not give it a shot. I am not the biggest fan of romantic comedies, but every once in awhile there is a diamond in the rough. This movie was no diamond, but was rough to watch.

When watching a movie I try to identify with the main character(s). I attempt to do this by relating their situations to an experience I might have encountered. Or if I have some sort of investment in what the character's grapples, goals and/or endeavors are then I want to see where the story will take them. This movie failed to satisfy either of my identification ruses.

The entire concept of this movie is asinine, guy and girl meet. They share an unexpected evening of "serendipity". They are two strangers that bump into each other and manage to share themselves with one and other. This is done by just speaking to each other and attempting to uncover where the other one is coming from. There is no sex, or one night stand, just a sweet moonlight, chilly night in New York. As the night comes to a close, Sara (Kate Beckinsale) gives her phone number to Jonathan (John Cusack) on a piece of paper. The paper flies away in the wind and Jonathan asks if she can give him the number again. Sara says no and that it is part of serendipity. She then writes her name and phone number in a book and alludes to if he can find this book, he can contact her. Jonathan is standing there befuddled while Sara walks away. Let's play devil's advocate, is it not serendipity that two random people met in New York and felt a connection instantaneously?

So now it is like ten years later, or something and both Sara and Jonathan are living different lives. (It is even funnier that Sara became a psychiatrist given the insight she lives her life by.) In the back of both of their minds they wonder what could have been had that night so many moons ago worked out differently. There isn't much more to it, a series of pratfalls and mishaps, not to mention that both Sara and Jonathan are engaged to other people but still infatuated with one and other. These smitten vibes are present despite that fact they only met once all the years ago and don't even know each other's last name. Nevertheless this being a romantic comedy it isn't too difficult to figure out how it would end. The acting is usually fair for this type of movie and the overall impression was sort of flat. The introduction to this movie was so acerbic that it really destroyed the rest of the film for me. The entire premise seems so, I don't know avoidable.

I realize not everyone shares my point of view (which is a good thing) but if I met a woman and had a wonderful night. A night that was unexpected, mind you, and we both felt a connection, a conduit that goes much deeper than carnal urges, because true intimacy can be a precious thing. Then she gives me her phone number only for the wind to blow it away and my request for her number again ends with "its serendipity", I would say "you've got to be kidding me" or "thanks for ending this relationship before we went any further" maybe "I have already dated my fair share of borderline woman, I'll pass" another retort "got to go, TNT has a James Bond marathon on".

I suppose it is just me, but this movie shows two people who could have been happy and spend multiple years miserable by choice. When this movie was over I felt really depressed and longing for a Tom and Jerry cartoon.

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May 23, 2011
Kate Beckinsale is HOT.
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I love the storyline and I'm a die hard romantic! What can I say? It's silly movie but at times, people in love do silly things! Luckily, people in love always finds a way to work out & the path to their hearts!     
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The irresistible casting of John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale highlights this predictable romantic comedy, which combines the romantic yearning ofAn Affair to Rememberand the New York charm ofYou've Got Mail. It all begins "a few years ago," when New Yorker Jonathan (Cusack) meets Brit beauty Sara (Beckinsale). They share a few perfect hours together before parting ways, leaving future encounters to her quirky obsession with fate. "A few years later," they're about to marry their respective fiancés (reluctantly, of course), and urgently hoping for destiny to bring them back together. Under the casual direction of Peter Chelsom (barely recovering fromTown & Country), this starry-eyed romance offers no surprises, but it has a comforting familiarity, made warmer by the easy chemistry of the leads, with obligatory best-friend support by Molly Shannon and long-time Cusack pal Jeremy Piven. It's hokey, but die-hard romantics are sure to be forgiving.--Jeff Shannon

Serendipity is a 2001 romantic comedy, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It was written by Marc Klein and directed by Peter Chelsom. The original music score is composed by Alan Silvestri.

On a busy shopping day in winter, Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) meets Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) when both try to buy the same pair of gloves at Bloomingdale's. Two strangers amid the bustling crowd of New York City, their ...

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Director: Peter Chelsom
Screen Writer: Marc Klein
DVD Release Date: April 9, 2002
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
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