Serendipity (2001)

Needs more of Kate Beckinsale's face

Directed by: Peter Chelsom (I saw his Shall We Dance and Town and Country and neither of them were particularly remarkable in any aspect)

Written by: Marc Klein

Starring: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Eugene Levy, Molly Shannon, Bridget Moynahan, and John Corbett.

What it’s about: two people meet and have a magical evening, but leave their potential future hooking back up to fate or destiny or Serendipity

B-Movie Alternate Title: Will We Ever Meet Again?

Movie Mash Up: Say Anything… with The Notebook, add in a dash of Christmas and minus all the war and elderly people stuff

What I liked: Well I’ve been a Cusack fan for many years, and for many years I have also been a grudging fan of his.  He generally doesn’t pick the highest calibre of movies, and while this one isn’t great or anything, the character he plays is certainly a John Cusack staple.  He does it well.  This was also before Jeremy Piven became a douchebag, and I enjoyed him in this.  Kate Beckinsale shines throughout, and you can easily see how Cusack’s character could be instantly smitten.  I liked the writing, as long as I don’t sit too long and think about what a ridiculous confluence of events are going on.

What I disliked: The “stunt casting” of Eugene Levy.  The less said about his character, the better.  The entire premise of the movie is – in romantical terms – based off of Cusack’s character and Beckinsale’s character finding something remarkable about one another during the brief hours they shared together.  The realistic premise is that both characters are assholes for entertaining the notion of finding someone else while they’re currently with someone.  There also seems to be many lame set ups to show us that both their characters are currently engaged to the “wrong” person.

Fun Fact: This was one of the first movies based in New York City to be released after 9/11 (less than a month after the tragic events of that day), leading to all images of the World Trade Center towers being digitally removed from the final print.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: A hopeless romantic probably, or someone that needs an alright “chick flick” to score points with a lady.  I like it, but not nearly as much as I used to.

Rating: 2.5 / 5



About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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