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Serendipity (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 5 October 2001 (USA)
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A couple search for each other years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together.

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Peter Chelsom

Writer:

Marc Klein
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Jonathan Trager
Kate Beckinsale ... Sara Thomas
Jeremy Piven ... Dean Kansky
Bridget Moynahan ... Halley Buchanan
Eugene Levy ... Bloomingdale's Salesman
Lilli Lavine Lilli Lavine ... Bloomingdale's Stock Girl
Michael Guarino Jr. Michael Guarino Jr. ... Customer At Bloomingdale's (as Michael Guarino)
Abdul Alshawish Abdul Alshawish ... Customer At Bloomingdale's
Stephen Bruce Stephen Bruce ... Host At Serendipity
David Sparrow ... Josh's Dad
Ann Talman ... Bloomingdale's Saleswoman #1
Crystal Bock Crystal Bock ... Bloomingdale's Saleswoman #2
Gary Gerbrandt Gary Gerbrandt ... Josh
Kate Blumberg ... Courtney
Ron Payne Ron Payne ... Louis Trager
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Storyline

Jonathan Trager and Sara Thomas met while shopping for gloves in New York. Though buying for their respective lovers, the magic was right and a night of Christmas shopping turned into romance. Jon wanted to explore things further but Sara wasn't sure their love was meant to be. They decided to test fate by splitting up and seeing if destiny brought them back together... Many years later, having lost each other that night, both are engaged to be married. Still, neither can shake the need to give fate one last chance to reunite them. Jon enlists the help of his best man to track down the girl he can't forget starting at the store where they met. Sara asks her new age musician fiance for a break before the wedding and, with her best friend in tow, flies from California to New York hoping destiny will bring her soulmate back. Near-misses and classic Shakespearean confusion bring the two close to meeting a number of times but fate will have the final word on whether it was meant to be. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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Taglines:

When Love Feels Like Magic, It's called Destiny. When Destiny Has A Sense of Humor, It's Called Serendipity. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serendipity See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,309,241, 7 October 2001

Gross USA:

$50,294,317

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,516,304
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| (TV)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both main characters best friends, played by Jeremy Piven and Molly Shannon, say to themselves, "They should make pills for this!", even though the two characters never meet. See more »

Goofs

When Jonathan Trager is lying down looking up at the snow falling, the glove lands on his chest above his hands, but in the next shot the glove is below his hands on his stomach. See more »

Quotes

Eve: Prada! Ooh! Prada! I love this stuff!
Salesman: That's 20 bucks.
Sara: Eve, that's a horrific knockoff! At least my knockoff says 'Pradi,' yours says 'Prado!'
Eve: Well, I say for a dollar I can buy a magic marker and fix it. I'll take it!
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Alternate Versions

On the DVD, there are a few deleted scenes:
  • An alternate opening of how Jon and Sara meet.
  • A scene where Sara asks Jon questions called she calls 'cubing'.
  • Their first kiss.
  • Jon and Dean talking about fate in the car while Eugene Levy's character is driving.
  • Eve explaining how to use the Casanova candle.
  • Sara going to see a psychic after she sees the "Cool Hand Luke" poster.
  • Sara getting a phone call asking if her building sells cashmere gloves.
  • Sara explaining to Eve how she feels about her fiance and a painting she once saw.
  • Jon going home and looking out the window after he loses Sara.
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Connections

References An Affair to Remember (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Know
Written by Jeff Franzel and Tom Kimmel
Performed by Shawn Colvin
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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An abomination in the name of filmmaking
28 August 2002 | by witheldSee all my reviews

Coming soon after Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, Serendipity tries to capitalize on the idea of two people searching for each other, and only finding each other in the last moments of the film. Sadly, the film fails on the most basic level to entertain, leaving the viewer with nothing but a more-than-mild case of hatred for the protagonists and a sick feeling in their stomachs.

In You've Got Mail the idea that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were developing a relationship behind their respective significant others' backs worked because their significant others were shallow, nasty people that we could muster no love for, who continually let down and abused Tom and Meg. In Serendipity, John Cusack is about to marry a wonderful woman. But he is obsessed with a brief encounter he once had with Kate Beckinsale's character, to the point of being willing to abandon his wedding for a chance to meet her. From the first minutes of the movie, when he revealed that he had a girlfriend, and yet was willing to start a relationship with Beckinsale's character, Cusack's character lost the viewers sympathy. In the most stomach turning scene in the movie, when his fiancee gives him the key to find Beckinsale, and, incidentally, dump his fiancee and destroy her life, he looks at her, his face blank, thanks her, and leaves to find another woman.

The characters in Serendipity are never more than shallow and self-centered, willing to mislead their fiancee's, lie, even cheat, for just one chance to have, not just happiness, but ultimate happiness.

If these characters had shown any honesty, any decency towards the jilted parties, perhaps it would have been a different movie. Instead the characters seem to go out of their way to pile lie upon lie, deception upon deception. Cusack, who lent a soulless contract killer likability in Grosse Point Blank, is surprisingly flat here.


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