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At Theaters: 10/5/2001 On Video: 4/9/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 329908
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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One magical night in their twenties, Jonathan met Sara. He was in love at first sight but Sara believed in destiny. Now, after ten years, two fiancées, and 3,000 miles between them, only fate can decide if they're destined to be together again.
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Comedy Romantic - Adult audiences, particularly couples, will enjoy this light romantic comedy. There is no objectionable content for children, but they likely will be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
John Cusack AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS, HIGH FIDELITY
Kate Beckinsale PEARL HARBOR, BROKEDOWN PALACE
Molly Shannon OSMOSIS JONES
John Corbett TV's NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Jeremy Piven FAMILY MAN, THE
Bridget Moynahan COYOTE UGLY
Director: Peter Chelsom TOWN & COUNTRY, THE MIGHTY
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild profanity. One GD.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Verbal and physical humor; nothing off-color.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Very Good "...a real surprise -- a fairy tale of boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl that, by virtue of casting alchemy, a smart, funny script, and not a little creative serendipity all its own, works far better than such a standard bedtime story has a right to.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "Romantic comedy lovers will probably swoon over Serendipity. From my perspective, it's a lukewarm feature, but there are things to enjoy about it, and I have to admit leaving the film with a little smile on my face.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Below Average "The plot risks bursting under the strain of its coincidences, as Sara and Jon fly to opposite coasts at the same time and engage in a series of Idiot Plot moves so extreme and wrongheaded that even other characters in the same scene should start shouting helpful suggestions.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "The trouble with this calculated bit of whimsy is that it's conspicuously clever without being especially charming, unless you're so blindly in love with Beckinsale and/or Cusack that anything they do seems adorable. The pace is brisk and the details are carefully arranged, but there's no sparkle — and what's a romance without that?''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 241 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
14
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
14
Very High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
55
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
52
High
98%
30+Adults (F)
106
High
96%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

OUTSTANDING REVIEWS! EVERYONE LOVED SERENDIPITY! nuf said :-)


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Once upon a time, two strangers - Jonathan (JOHN CUSACK) and Sara (KATE BECKINSALE) - reach for the same pair of gloves while Christmas shopping in Bloomingdales. They connect instantly, and spend a memorable evening together in snowy New York City. Only problem is they are both attached to other people, so before reluctantly parting, Sara, a true believer in destiny, suggests that they put themselves in Fate's hands and send their names and numbers out into the universe, hers inside a used book, and his on a five dollar bill. If they're meant to be together, they'll find these clues and fate will bring them back to one another.

Now, a few years later, with three thousand miles separating them , they are each about to marry someone else. Still they've never forgotten one another and they're determined to give it one last chance - to find out if what might have been can still be. When love feels like magic, you call it destiny. When Destiny has a sense of humor, you call it Serendipity.

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