Directed By: Peter Chelsom
Written By: Marc Klein
Produced By: Peter Abrams, Simon Fields, Robert L. Levy
Cast: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, John Corbett, Jeremy Piven, Eugene Levy, Bridget Moynahan, Molly Shannon
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 90 minutes
Review Date: December 17, 2010
It’s sappy. It’s predictable. It’s completely unrealistic, yet you can’t seem to change the channel. Much like The Notebook and Titanic, Serendipity has become a movie that turning off seems like the greatest sin one could commit. There’s not much character development, yet you still sit there naming friends who embody the twisted soul of Jonathan Trager (John Cusack), the optimistic and live-by-the-seat-of-her-pants Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) and the self-indulgent hippie Lars Hammond (John Corbett).
Jonathan and Sara meet one Christmas and leave everything to fate to bring them back together (cue nausea). So they write each other’s info on a $5 bill and the inside of Love in the time of Cholera. And shockingly, both Jonathan and Sara are engaged to other people when they start wondering about each other seven years later. Enter the great race across NYC to see if they can track each other down one last time.
There are multiple reasons I cannot ever seem to walk away from this film when it comes on TV, despite owning the DVD:
Serendipity is a fantastic film to watch when you’ve got a roaring fire, a steamy cup of cocoa, and your flannel pajamas on. It’s the typical rom-com but with some fantastic additions (see #1 and #3 above). It’s an unfortunate accident this film is decent despite all the cards against it — making it true serendipity.
Hanna Soltys is a green tea drinker and film critic living in Chicago.