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Quirky, cool romantic comedy that delights at every turn,
This review is from: Serendipity (DVD)
I watched this film again after seeing it in theaters several years ago, and I had forgotten how cool it was. I remember overhearing a lady in the row in front of me groaning and complaining at every seemingly contrived moment of serendipity that befalls the "soul mates" played wonderfully by John Cusack and the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale, whom I could stare at forever as well as listen to her speak without ever growing tired of it. Anyhow, I guess I understood the lady's skepticism...this movie does appear to be so outlandishly contrived that it strains credibility. Yet, what appealed to me about this movie is that I had similar moments of serendipity/coincidences with a girl I dated in 2000. Seeing this film brings back my own memories...so trust me when I say that the things in this movie can happen to people. I'm one of those people.
Romantic comedies have the poor habit of following the standard, boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl reconcile, and all is happily ever after. This doesn't wander too far from that formula, but its so downright clever, watchable, and enjoyable that you can't help but fall in love with the story and characters. Romantic comedies also tend to feature interesting selections of music, and this one is no different. I actually enjoyed the song selections in this film and not one of them was familiar to me (using oldies that have appeared in countless other films). I especially got a kick out of Lars, the Yanni-esque boyfriend of Sara (Beckinsale). His new age music is poked fun at by Sara and her sidekick friend (played to comedic effect by an SNL-alum), but I actually thought that was cool about him. Eugene Levy also has a couple scene-stealing moments with his usual brand of comedic seriousness and Jeremy Piven plays the sidekick role he often plays in films.
This film throws every obstacle to keep the two apart and its an amusing development to watch. Overall though, you know the two are destined to be together and its just as well. So, for all the skeptics out there who find this film outlandishly contrived, please suspend your disbelief and realize that such romantic possibilities and coincidences are possible. I experienced it myself a few years ago, so that's why I find this film to be quite credible, not to mention funny and entertaining in its own right.
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Initial post: Sep 26, 2010, 3:29:12 PM PDT
Patricia Carrasco says:
thank you!!! "serendipity" happenned to me!! its not "contrived" or incredible, it can actually happen if its really the right person for you which is why this is my favorite movie because i can actually relate to it. for all those people that think its ridiculous, stop chasing love and let love come to you and then you'll find your serendipity experience....
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Ricky N. says:
This movie reminded me that there are coincidences that can happen to get people together. I met my future wife in college when I was a senior and she was a freshman. I think we became friends as she would ride home with me on occasion (we both lived in the same town where she had moved when I was in college). We lost touch for 4 years, part of the time she was overseas. I received a newsletter from her with a question of what I had been up to in those 4 years. I wrote to her and I went to visit her after her return to the States, and we resumed our friendship. She was 150 miles away, and we talked often on the phone before cell phones and emails and had some long conversations and some big phone bills. The problem was that she was in a relationship and although there was an attraction, I could not act as anything but a friend. I was delighted when she moved only 25 miles away and we were able to visit and talk. One day she asked me if I thought of her more that just a friend. I told her yes and she broke up with her boyfriend, and we began dating. This December we will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary together. It might sound contrived and coincidental, but it really happened.
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