Okay, first things
first. I loved Serendipity.
I will be the first to say
that is a complete fantasy. It has almost no relationship with real
life. As much as we'd like to believe that the entire universe will
go to such extreme measures to get two people together, it just does
not happen that way. To paraphrase Nora Ephron, this isn't a movie
about being in love, it's a movie about being in love in the
You know what? It doesn't matter. If you give yourself in
to the world they offer you then you will love the film, too.
John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale are adorable as a couple deigned by
destiny (it also helps to erase the memories of these terrific
actors' stumbles on their last films, America's Sweethearts
and Pearl Harbor.) They meet cute at Bloomingdales one
night before Christmas and spend a magical night together. But
because of Beckinsale's flaky views on fate, the
two leave it up to
destiny to determine if they belong together. He writes his name
and number on a five dollar bill, she puts hers in a book and sells
it to a used book store.
Flash forward a decade, both of them are
getting married, he lives in New York, she lives in San Francisco,
but they can't help wondering what might have been. Cusack is
terrifically funny as an ESPN producer who is in love with another
woman but can't forget Beckinsale. Beckinsale is also charming as a
psychiatrist having second thoughts about her New Age musician
fiancé. (It's nice to see Beckinsale is given the opportunity to
use her natural British accent after several films which she used a
dead-on American voice.) Jeremy Piven is also hilarious as Cusack's
best friend, though Molly Shannon is kind of the weak link here as
You can quibble about the film, like
pointing out that this couple are both engaged to marry other good
people who obviously love them (John Corbett and Bridget Moynahan)
who they drop flat for just the
possibility of someone they met once,
almost a decade earlier.
But what's the point?
is the type of old-fashioned love conquers all story that have just
about dried up in Hollywood. I'm glad to see they are back.
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March 09, 2013.