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Serendipity (2001)

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A couple search for each other years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together.


Peter Chelsom


Marc Klein
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Jonathan Trager
Kate Beckinsale ... Sara Thomas
Jeremy Piven ... Dean Kansky
Bridget Moynahan ... Halley Buchanan
Eugene Levy ... Bloomingdale's Salesman
Lilli Lavine Lilli Lavine ... Bloomingdale's Stock Girl
Michael Guarino Jr. Michael Guarino Jr. ... Customer At Bloomingdale's (as Michael Guarino)
Abdul Alshawish Abdul Alshawish ... Customer At Bloomingdale's
Stephen Bruce Stephen Bruce ... Host At Serendipity
David Sparrow ... Josh's Dad
Ann Talman ... Bloomingdale's Saleswoman #1
Crystal Bock Crystal Bock ... Bloomingdale's Saleswoman #2
Gary Gerbrandt ... Josh
Kate Blumberg ... Courtney
Ron Payne Ron Payne ... Louis Trager


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Can Once In A Lifetime Happen Twice? See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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English | French

Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Señales de amor See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,309,241, 7 October 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both main characters best friends, played by Jeremy Piven and Molly Shannon, say to themselves, "They should make pills for this!", even though the two characters never meet. See more »


During the first 'Cassiopeia' scene, Sarah is wearing lipstick, then thick shiny lipgloss for one shot, and then lipstick again for the rest of the scene. 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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Alternate Versions

On the DVD, there are a few deleted scenes:
  • An alternate opening of how Jon and Sara meet.
  • A scene where Sara asks Jon questions called she calls 'cubing'.
  • Their first kiss.
  • Jon and Dean talking about fate in the car while Eugene Levy's character is driving.
  • Eve explaining how to use the Casanova candle.
  • Sara going to see a psychic after she sees the "Cool Hand Luke" poster.
  • Sara getting a phone call asking if her building sells cashmere gloves.
  • Sara explaining to Eve how she feels about her fiance and a painting she once saw.
  • Jon going home and looking out the window after he loses Sara.
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Never A Day
Written by James Maddock
Performed by Wood
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Breathtakingly vacuous
13 March 2002 | by clr-5See all my reviews

I went to this with the full expectation that I was going to see a chick flick, and had come to terms with that by the time it started.

This, however, is not a chick flick. This is a "romance" film about two individuals who, whilst both in perfectly-good-but-not-quite-perfect relationships with other people, take a fancy to a random stranger they meet in a department store one evening and so spend the rest of the night flirting outrageously like a cheap tart with them.

This done, off they both go to continue their extant relationships. Unfortunately, instead of realising that they could do better and bringing the relationships to a neat end, they only decide to make a run for it on the eves of their coincident weddings. How serendipitous.

We then have the pleasure of watching them each drag their best friends (one of whom's marriage is destroyed in the process) across the planet in order to try and find their once-potential philanderer, whilst their nice bride/groom stands rather forlornly alone at the altar. As any plot line following the jilted spouses is abandoned at this point, I am surmising that they were stood up. Perhaps they died. Who cares.

Man finds girl, some snow falls, some kissing ensues and our happy couple realise that the forty-five minutes they spent together in a restaurant six months ago are more than enough to base their everlasting happiness on. Audience feel warm and fuzzy inside. Speaking for myself, I was certainly

close to tears.

The idea that this film could be billed as a romantic comedy is quite extraordinary. Certainly, the leading characters appear to share the moral outlook of a badger on heat and in that respect I'm very glad they managed to find a like-minded mate. Every other character featured in the film is quite laughably two-dimensional and the only deliberately comedic fragment I managed to spot was a quite nicely done best man's speech - made at the weddding subsequently destroyed by our lovably lust-fuelled hero and heroine.

I am secretly hoping that the joke is on me, and Mr. Chelsom is treating us to a wonderfully dark satire on morals and romance in modern times. Somehow, though, I just can't make myself believe it.

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