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Serendipity (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  5 October 2001 (USA)
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A couple reunite years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bloomingdale's Salesman
Bloomingdale's Stock Girl
Michael Guarino Jr. ...
Customer At Bloomingdale's (as Michael Guarino)
Abdul Alshawish ...
Customer At Bloomingdale's
Stephen Bruce ...
Host At Serendipity
Bloomingdale's Saleswoman #1
Crystal Bock ...
Bloomingdale's Saleswoman #2
Gary Gerbrandt ...
Ron Payne ...


Jonathan Trager and Sara Thomas met while shopping for gloves in New York. Though buying for their respective lovers, the magic was right and a night of Christmas shopping turned into romance. Jon wanted to explore things further but Sara wasn't sure their love was meant to be. They decided to test fate by splitting up and seeing if destiny brought them back together... Many years later, having lost each other that night, both are engaged to be married. Still, neither can shake the need to give fate one last chance to reunite them. Jon enlists the help of his best man to track down the girl he can't forget starting at the store where they met. Sara asks her new age musician fiance for a break before the wedding and, with her best friend in tow, flies from California to New York hoping destiny will bring her soulmate back. Near-misses and classic Shakespearean confusion bring the two close to meeting a number of times but fate will have the final word on whether it was meant to be. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Señales de amor  »

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,309,241 (USA) (5 October 2001)


$633,868 (Brazil) (10 January 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathan tells Sara that he can make out the constellation Cassiopeia from the freckles on her arm. In the movie The Sure Thing (1985), John Cusack's character points out the constellation Cassiopeia to Alison, his love interest. See more »


When Jonathan and Sara are in Serendipity the night they meet, their straws keep changing positions as they talk. See more »


[at Bloomingdale's]
Jonathan: Happy anniversary.
Sara: When did you get to be so unimaginably romantic?
Jonathan: I think that it's good luck that we return this year to the scene of the crime.
[pours a paper cup of champagne]
Jonathan: Cheers.
Sara: Cheers.
Bloomingdale's Salesman: Oh, I don't think so, no beverages on the premises, I'm gonna have to ask you to leave.
Jonathan: Hey, how are you doing? Don't you remember me?
Bloomingdale's Salesman: Yes I do.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »


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Pure delight
13 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the ideal romantic film, brilliantly directed by Peter Chelsom (why does he not make more films?) and perfectly cast with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. Jeremy Given gave a wonderful performance as Cusack's friend, which greatly helps the film work. And special mention must be made of a hilarious cameo role played by Eugene Levy as the salesman one most dreads meeting at Bloomingdales in New York. (His hysterical 'don't step behind the counter!' is what we have all encountered so often with neurotic sales people. Of course, one 'understands', while laughing uncontrollably at them.) This film is funny, warm, life-affirming, ironical, strange, disturbing, comforting, and licks your face like a puppy. Its theme is the invisible tapestry and connecting threads of fate which lie behind the events of the visible world, especially as they relate to True Love. In other words, 'serendipity', or fortunate chance. Cusack and Beckinsale find each other, are eternally meant for each other, lose each other, and - well, I don't want to spoil things, - but let us say, search for each other for years, with results to be discovered by the viewer. It is all so charming and just right that rather than find another romantic film, one might just as well watch this one again over and over, with a steadily increasing and delighted smile. Above all, it is Cusack who makes this, as he is the ideal romantic male lead for such charming and elfish fare. His slightly pixie-like looks are just quirky enough, not too much to make him look truly odd, but enough to mark him on the brow as 'an innocent at large' who can have these adventures and really mean them.

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