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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 <>

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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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Dean: [Lying on the grass with Jonathan, outside Sara's house] Maybe we're lying here because you don't wanna be standing somewhere else.
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A Beautiful Love Story With a Very Charming Couple
10 November 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Jonathan Tragger (John Cusack) meets Sara Thomas (the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale) by chance in the Christmas eve, in Bloomingdale's, both trying to buy the unique pair of black gloves available for sale. They decide to go to the cafeteria Serendipity and Jonathan asks for her name and phone. Sara decides to write it in a book, and his on a five dollars bill. She gives the bill to a newspaperman and she says that she would sell the book in a New York used books store. She states that if destiny wants them two together, Jonathan will get that book back. Or she will receive that bill again. From this day on, Jonathan will 'chase' Sara's book trying to reach his lost love.

I did not know the word 'serendipity'. In accordance with Webster' dictionary, it means 'an apparent aptitude for making accidental fortunate discoveries'. The character of Sara believes on it, but regrets for her belief in the end of the story. This is the typical predictable and commercial film, but supported by a very charming actress (Kate Beckinsale) and actor (John Cusack). I am a suspicious viewer to make any comment in this regard, since I love Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. But I really believe there is no way that any viewer dislikes this movie. The cover of the DVD is also very beautiful. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Escrito ans Estrelas" ("Written in the Stars")

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