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John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale star as Jonathan and Sara, two young people who meet by chance one Christmas in New York and spend a memorable evening wandering around the city together. When they part at the end of the night, they decide to let fate take charge of their future and make no plans to meet again. Years later, Jonathan is still living in New York, Sara has moved to San Francisco, and both are on the verge of getting married to other people. Before their big days arrive, they simultaneously decide to give fate one last chance and head off in search of each other. But as Kate begins a weekend in New York, Jonathan embarks for San Franciso...
For the first time on Blu-ray: New York City, just before Christmas. The last pair of black cashmere gloves in Bloomingdale's is on its way to the counter. As the gloves arrive, Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan (John Cusack) claim them simultaneously. And so it begins--Sara and Jonathan go to a little coffee shop, named Serendipity, to decide who gets the gloves. They skate in Central Park. They look at the stars--the Cassiopeia constellation has the same pattern as the freckles on Sara's forearm. She writes her phone number in a book, saying she'll sell it to a random bookstore tomorrow. Jonathan writes his number on a five-dollar bill, and she gives it to a street vendor. If destiny means for them to be together, the book will find him, and the five-dollar bill will find her. Several years later--in New York--Jonathan is about to marry Hally (Bridget Moynahan). On the West Coast, Lars (John Corbett) proposes to Sara. Both Jonathan and Sara remember their delightful night. Jonathan sets out with friend Dean (Jeremy Piven) to find the book. Sara, with her friend Eve (Molly Shannon), flies to New York looking for Jonathan. Crisp direction from Peter Chelsom, a witty script by Marc Klein, and beautiful performances by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, make SERENDIPITY a delightful romantic comedy
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It's a wonderful love story about Jonathan and Sara, two people who meet by chance trying to buy the same pair of Cashmere gloves in Bloomingdales just before Christmas. Both are in a relationship with different people yet, on this one chance meeting and spending a day together, are quite taken with each other.
Although Jonathan wants to continue seeing Sara, Sara - as a firm believer in fate - thinks they should let it be fates decision whether they should end up together, and so, Sara writes her name and number in a book which she will give to charity, and Jonathan writes his name and number on a five dollar bill which Sara uses at a Kiosk to buy something. Her logic is that if they should happen upon each others names and numbers in future, it's obvious they should be together again.
Some years pass after they depart from each other - both have moved on and are now engaged to other people, and yet, they still have thoughts about each other. Jonathan has been endlessly searching for the book with Sara's number, and as he's soon to be wed, he decides to take one last stab at finding her before it's too late. Sara is also soon to marry, and decides to take off to New York in order to find him.
Throughout their search for each other, a huge number of coincidences weave in and out of their lives linking them unknowingly to the other, physically being blocks away and unaware the other is searching, and seredipity is working to bring them together.
A wonderful romance with some great comic moments from Molly Shannon, Eugene Levy and Jeremy Piven, and some brilliantly delivered scenes from John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. You won't be sorry you bought this.
I saw the film for the first time yesterday and found it very entertaining. The main thing which worked for me was the story more than anything else. The story is inspired to say the least, and is pleasantly supported by some good acting and cinematography.
The story centres around 2 people who meet and feel like there's more to their meeting than chance, though they are both with other partners at the time. However the same fate that brought them together conspires to sunder them until the time is right. And when would be the right time? Cut to a few years in the future when they're both on the brink of serious commitment and both want to lay to rest the feeling they got from that one evening years ago. This forms the bulk of the film as we see how the pair struggle to make face swing another meeting, and then are cheated time and again.
Splendid viewing - I hardly noticed how the minutes went by. This film made me smile and cheer and all the rest of it.
John Cusack, Kate Bekinsale, Eugene Levy, Jeremy Piven et al deliver the expected performances with ease. But this is not the best film to watch for acting or direction or anything deep. Rather watch this film for a 90 minute (or so) vacation to pleasantville. Set in New York, this film has a distinctly "Friendsy" feel to it. Spend an evening with Serendipity - you'll enjoy it.
The central premise of meeting someone once and knowing they are `the one' isn't new, but it is handled very nicely here with our star-struck couple deciding to leave everything to fate, with problematic results which ensue. There are some great moments and ideas - the writing down of the phone number on the dollar bill etc but you get the sense that they weren't really sure if the whole thing would work. In my experience they always set things at Christmas if the idea is a bit quirky - a kind of `if all else fails' philosophy.
They needn't have worried - John Cusak is in his element in his niche role of the ordinary guy trying to do something extraordinary with his life. And the two supporting actors - Cusak's best friend and Beckinsale's daft eastern flute-playing boyfriend are standouts, worth an honourable mention. Beckinsale is good, but it's a hard job keeping up with Cusak on any day of the week.
All in all, very nice - and `nice' in a good way I mean. One to watch with your other half if you have one. Nice package too - commentary and feature on the making of etc.
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John cutback = excellent movie. Saw this year's ago and had to buy it.Published 2 months ago by Teresa Duffy
Absolutely love this film. We're off to New York very soon & have a reservation at serendipity 3 to dine. One of my favourite films ever. A must watch.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer