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by EricDSnider

"As these things go, this one's pretty good. As these things go."
4 stars

"Serendipity" is as cute and harmless as its star, John Cusack, who for an entire generation now has excelled at playing likable, ordinary guys.

This time, he's Jonathan Trager, a Manhattan TV producer and hopeless romantic. When we first meet him, he and British gal Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) are both lunging for the last pair of black gloves at Bloomingdale's. As a compromise, she buys the gloves but then takes him to dinner at a little place called Serendipity.

They spend a wonderful evening together, during which time he doesn't learn her name or anything about her. When it's over and she must return to her boyfriend and he to his girlfriend, she continues to be evasive, claiming that if they are meant to meet again, Fate will see to it.

Well, Fate's a jerk, and several years pass. Sara is engaged to flaky New Age musician Lars (John Corbett), and Jonathan is just about to marry a nice girl named Halley (Bridget Moynahan). But Jonathan and Sara still think about each other and begin last-ditch attempts to find one another before it's too late.

This is another in a series of movies in which someone is about to marry one person while being destined for someone else. There's only one way it can possibly end, so if there are to be any surprises, they will have to come in the journey, not the destination.

"Serendipity" is a pleasant film full of coincidences that make you smile. Jonathan's best friend Dean (Jeremy Piven) is a factor in things, as is Sara's confidante Eve (Molly Shannon), and Eugene Levy has a very funny cameo as a reluctantly helpful Bloomingdale's salesman.

Director Peter Chelsom knows which buttons to push in a romantic comedy; were it not for the presence of non-threatening John Cusack (who is liked by men, too), this would be a straight-up Chick Flick. You have the plaintive guitar songs on the soundtrack, images of lovers ice-skating in New York, impetuous cross-country plane trips, and enough romantic gestures to gag Casanova. Fortunately, Cusack and Beckinsale play their roles close to reality and resist the temptation to go into full sap mode.

Couples on dates will find much to enjoy here. People not on dates are liable to wish they were, as "Serendipity" makes you feel like what you should really do is go out and fall in love.

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User Comments

8/19/15 Carol Cute couple in touching film. 5 stars
1/02/15 Catherine H sweet film about fate, destiny, romance 5 stars
1/09/11 JP Awful awful awful 1 stars
4/21/10 Amar V If you leave the 'fate' part, this is an immensely enjoyable film. 4 stars
12/23/08 David This is a fantasy, not to be taken seriously, as such, it works quite well. 4 stars
7/08/06 NS Good romantic comedy! 4 stars
1/09/05 R.W. Welch Fun with fate. Some decent writing. WAL for romantics. 3 stars
9/08/04 Aaron Smith Interesting love story. I liked it. 4 stars
8/23/04 Stevie Y. Cusack & Beckinsale are perfect together. Fun, heartwarming, & well written. 5 stars
7/29/04 Stacy Love It makes me cry every time I watch it 5 stars
10/12/03 laura paterson disappointing that Cusack wasted his talents on this! 3 stars
12/27/02 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng Why fuck with destiny? Where's the faith in that? 1 stars
12/04/02 Jimmy Sweet movie 4 stars
8/03/02 Jim A flake and a flirt jerk around their fiance(e)s while trying to get some 3 stars
7/02/02 Phil M. Aficionado How many coincidences can you put into an hour and half? Always room for one more 3 stars
5/27/02 Phoenix I hate to admit it, but I kinda liked it. Cusack and Beckinsale were great. 4 stars
4/21/02 natasha John Cusack and Jeremy Piven are worth watching 4 stars
3/13/02 James Horton It was a nice pleasant film 4 stars
2/09/02 Veronica Tatterworth Strange, I remember liking it, but've forgotten mostly what it's about. 4 stars
2/01/02 Ashley Corpening John Cusack helps make this highly contrived romantic thriller more watchable 4 stars
12/28/01 Kimberly J. Crady The story was magical. New York needs some magic right now. 5 stars
12/27/01 Julie excellent romance, feel good movie, John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale were wonderful! 5 stars
12/26/01 julie pretty cute, but definitly needed some more screen time of john and kate together 4 stars
11/03/01 Jess loved everything about it! 5 stars
10/30/01 Girl 9 Another cheesy date movie....*gag* 3 stars
10/18/01 cindy Great date film....wonderfully sappy!! 4 stars
10/18/01 Catherine Schneider I hate romance films but loved this one. 4 stars
10/16/01 Bud A no surprises romantic comedy. Great date movie. 4 stars
10/14/01 Dane Clark It's a bad movie.. if you have no soul. 5 stars
10/12/01 Jestyr Def. a great date flick, and all around good movie. 4 stars
10/11/01 ThatGuy High Fidelity minus the Top 5 lists. Jeremy Piven rocks tho. 4 stars
10/08/01 asdfk; Bad camera goofs; Mic in frame; etc. WarmFuzzy Film; Bring Date 4 stars
10/07/01 Arthur Keissel A good date movie. Just lot's of fun to watch. 4 stars
10/02/01 mcf Paper thin plot... don't waste your $10 2 stars
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  05-Oct-2001 (PG-13)



Directed by
  Peter Chelsom

Written by
  Marc Klein

  John Cusack
  Kate Beckinsale
  Jeremy Piven
  Eugene Levy
  Molly Shannon
  Bridget Moynahan

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