Forces of Nature PG-13 CC

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Ben (Ben Affleck) has two days to get from New York to Savannah, Georgia for his wedding to Bridget Cahill (Maura Tierney). Everything is running smoothly until his plane skids off the runway. Ben inadvertently saves the life of his seatmate, Sarah (Sandra Bullock), who becomes his companion for the longest two days of his life.

Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock
1 hour 46 minutes

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Forces of Nature

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Bronwen Hughes
Starring Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock
Supporting actors Maura Tierney, Steve Zahn, Blythe Danner, Ronny Cox, Michael Fairman, Richard Schiff, Athena Maria Bitzis, Afemo Omilami, David Strickland, Jack Kehler, Janet Carroll, Meredith Scott Lynn, George Wallace, Steve Hytner, John Doe, Anne Haney, Bert Remsen, Julie Ivey
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck have perfect chemistry.
Summer M. Herline
The ending is the biggest contrivance, and since I cannot give it away, let's just say that there's no way you can have a wedding like that.
D. Litton
It was funny, had great acting, good story, WONDERFUL ending.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Luthy on December 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
That's the point of this movie--2 people who shouldn't be together, but who teach each other something along the way while also learning a lot about themselves.
Why is it that every time Sandra Bullock goes beyond the cutesy "While You Were Sleeping" format (which I admit to loving), she cops it? She's fantastic as the likeable Sarah who doesn't see just how likeable she is, and learns to accept herself during the journey. Ben Affleck is a stiff? He's *supposed* to be, and that adds value to the film, especially his embarrassment at having to peel 'Sarah' off the floor of a K-Mart they're sheltering in. And then there's the striptease in the gay bar--gorgeous.
Obviously I was looking at it from a different angle, because I thought Bullock & Affleck had a lot of chemistry going on and played off each other nicely. Combine that with a great support cast, especially Steve Zahn as Affleck's best friend, and Moira Tierney as his fiance, and you've got a great, fun flick. It deserves 5 stars for recognizing that there will always be temptation--how we chose to deal with it is the ultimate test of character.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on July 25, 2000
Format: DVD
In "Forces of Nature," Ben Affleck stars as Ben, a repressed, buttoned-up stuffed shirt writer who, through a series of natural and manmade mishaps, ends up spending the several days before his impending marriage in the company of a freespirited, totally spontaneous and liberated young woman named Sarah, played by Sandra Bullock.
For the vast majority of the film's running time, the screenplay follows the conventions of the opposites-attract scenario almost slavishly. The script even provides Ben's fiancee with an overly-convenient replacement in the form of a now-hunky childhood friend she has not seen in years who rekindles sparks with her on the eve of the wedding.
Thus, with the troublesome fiance conveniently out of the way, the stage is set for the predictable true love romantic finale. But, damn, if the writers don't pull the rug out from under us and shatter the time-honored cliche. This is particularly surprising because, up to now, the film has exhibited no trace of iconoclasm in either its plot or character development. In fact, the screenplay is less a full-fledged narrative than a series of photographic montage sequences strung lazily together as Ben and Sarah engage in one cutesy situation and encounter after another. Thus, the unconventionality of the resolution comes as an even more stunning surprise than it otherwise might.
Affleck and Bullock are very appealing as two young people who complement each other's strengths and weaknesses and who learn to offer one another valuable life lessons. "Forces of Nature" emerges as one of those rare films that is, perhaps, actually better in retrospect than in the watching.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tess Roberts on March 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Okay, the script is not the most imaginative I've ever seen, but I like the actors (especially Ben's best man) so I was friendly with this movie for the most part. I didn't even mind the obvious holes in the plot, such as...why do these characters not have credit cards or cell phones? Or at least, why don't they use them? Oh no, much more plausible that Ben will have to strip dance in a gay bar for $150 to buy a car to drive to NC. I didn't even mind the fact that the whole "We're married and my husband's a doctor." charade was so predictable. Oh Gee, he's pretending to be a doctor and he's on a tour bus with a bunch of elderly people. D'ya think someone might have a heart attack and "Dr. Holmes" might have to step up? And uh, they're pretending to be married and Oh! surprise there's the best man and maid of honor! D'ya think they're gonna get busted?

What killed it for me was that ridiculous ending. It was obviously supposed to be a surprise (and it was) but there seemed to be no other reason for it than to pull a fast one on the audience. I felt cheated. I spent the entire movie getting emotionally involved with the relationship between Sarah and Ben, and I really cared about how they would handle things with the fiance and Sarah's little boy and all that. I cheerfully became disengaged from the relationship between Ben and Bridget, I totally believed neither one of them was ready to get married or right for each other. The film spent an inordinate amount of time showing me they're not right for each other and that this wedding was not meant to happen. RIGHT UP TO THE LAST MOMENT, we think he's breaking it off with Bridget. Instead, what the heck let's just go ahead and get married after all.

Huh? He left Sarah sitting out there waiting for him in a HURRICANE!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Gupton on March 4, 2005
Format: DVD
The traveling plot seemed like a take-off of 'Trains, Planes, and Automobiles' - traveling from NY to Savannah vs traveling from Chicago to NY. Same sequence: airplane delays, then train occurrence, then bus, then jalopy-type car. But, since I totally enjoyed the Steve Martin movie, I also enjoyed 'Forces of Nature'. The writer even threw in some weather and fire, same as 'Trains, Planes, and Automobiles'. Because of the similarities, I rated it four stars instead of five.

I thought the movie was cute and I like both Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck. I saw the movie as being typical of infatuation with a good-looking person to whom we've been thrown together with for a brief unlikely encounter and of indecisiveness prior to the marrage ceremony , but Ben was, indeed, committed to his fiance and to his future, which was a positive attribute on his behalf.

Unlike some other reviewers who stated commitment was void, I felt it was very much stated in this movie, in spite of other's around them having their own relationships fall apart.

Sarah's life was to be her son and her relationship with him - to build it up after some years of absence. The movie ended correctly. Everyone got what they wanted.

Gail Gupton, Author: The 31-Day Diet of Spiritual Enlightenment and Seekers of Truth.
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