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Forces of Nature

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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.

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Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Product Details

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 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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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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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~ I loved FORCES OF NATURE ever since I first saw it as a teen. It seems to posess a very distinct feel in comparison to most romantic comedies. Yes, it has its cheesy expected comedic moments. But it is its authentic finale & its entire product that proves succesful at setting it aside from most "cheery-rah-rah" hollywood romatic comedies. The leading characters also seem very familiar & real. Give it a view.
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"Forces of Nature" is far from compelling as a movie and at times is rather farfetched. The movie begins with Ben (Ben Affleck) and Sarah (Sandra Bullock) inadvertently winding up as traveling companions from New York to Savannah after the plane they're on skids off the runway. Along the way they run into all sorts of difficulties. Among other things, they lose their cash, and Ben has to do a striptease in a gay bar to raise the money for them to reach their destination. (One would have thought that two upper middle class people would have credit cards with them. And certainly they could have gotten someone to wire them money, if necessary. But that wouldn't have been good for a cheap laugh.) Then there's the segment when they're on a tour bus filled with senior citizens, although there's no really good reason why they couldn't have found a more conventional mode of transportation. And, of course, they become emotionally (though not physically) involved, despite the fact that Ben is going to Savannah for his wedding to Bridget (Maura Tierney), which, by the time he and Sarah arrive in Savannah, we're sure he'll call off.

The movie is partially redeemed by the excellent acting on the part of Affleck and Bullock. And it is lighthearted and makes for easy watching, which helps, so long as you can get past the implausibilities along the way.
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