Serendipity (2001) - Review

by - January 03, 2019

Synopsis: 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.

Can Once In A Lifetime Happen Twice?

While Christmas shopping for their significant others, Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) share a chance encounter over a pair of black, cashmere gloves. He is instantly smitten, but Sara believes in destiny and after one magical night, they leave it up to fate as to whether or not they truly belong together.

A few years later, both are engaged to be married to other people, but Jonathan and Sara are suddenly awash in memories of that night in New York and with a little help from the universe, set off to find one another.

I remember watching this movie in the theaters when it came out in 2001. It became one of my favorite romantic comedies and remains so to this day.

With a plot that requires a lot of faith, acceptance of some contrivance plots, and discounting some "glaring" plot holes (how does Sara get on an airplane without her ID when she and Eve switch wallets? Did that light cashmere glove really fly that far in the skating rink in the snow?), the movie ultimately comes down to the two main leads, and if their chemistry is palpable enough to root for them to ditch their likable significant others and surrender to fate. The answer is yes, it is.

With fun, comedic turns from Molly Shannon, Eugene Levy and John Corbett ("the problem is you can't fight off an army of blood-thirsty Vikings with a shenai, it's illogical."), Serendipity is warm, fluffy and charming. There's no room for logic and explanation here... "you don't have to understand. you just have to have faith."

Starring: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Molly Shannon, John Corbett, Jeremy Piven, Eugene Levy
Directed by: Peter Chelsom
Watched: 11.17.2018
Fun Facts:
- The drink Sara and Jonathan drink at Serendipity 3 is its famous Frozen Hot Chocolate. Since the movie, the table where they sit has been called the Star Table at the restaurant.
- Images of the World Trade Centers were digitally removed from the film after 9/11.
- Much like their characters, Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack only saw each other a few times while filming the movie.
Notable Song: The Distance by Evan and Jaren

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