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Serendipity (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 5 October 2001 (USA)
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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
2,213 ( 471)
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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 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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Official Sites:

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English | French

Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Company Credits

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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?


Serendipity mentions specifically or contains references to the following movies: Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather pts 1 & 2, Bridges of Madison County, The Wizard of Oz (pull back the curtain), Peter Pan (Never Never Land), and Star Wars (Alec Guinness / Obi-Wan Kenobi). See more »


When Jonathan Trager is lying down looking up at the snow falling, the glove lands on his chest above his hands, but in the next shot the glove is below his hands on his stomach. See more »


Eve: You know who plays golf? Guys who are too fat to play tennis, like this guy.
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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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.138 (2011) See more »


Shake It Off
Written by Jarvis Church (as Gerald Eaton) and Brian West
Performed by Jarvis Church
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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5 June 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Often I spend my time with a movie outside of it, watching me watching it, imagining how and why it became what it is.

But every once in a while, I fall into the thing. It succeeds in its intent, to charm me. It happens almost never with date movie because the conventions and expectations are so rigid. That makes them obvious and invites me to step outside. But this worked for me, and it might for you.

I think it is because it does three things. The first is that it is remarkably competent; film-making — at least this kind — requires attention to so many elements. This is quite simply one of the most well engineered date movies I have ever seen in terms of those elements. No risks, no innovation, no real art except in the performances. Just polish, skill, craft.

The second is that it unashamedly touches on romance, the heart of romance as well see in movies. Its a rich notion that probably exists only in movies and a few magical times with the person you love — so you know it is real. But cinema inflates and freezes it for you to hold. Perhaps that is not so wise, but it is what romantic films are about and this plays those keys.

The third thing is what interests me the most. Mind you, I only suss this out afterward.

I have recently come to appreciate the invention of what I'll call noir, the noir world of fate. Its entirely a movie notion that as we watch, we become gods and goddesses that (perhaps against our wills) change the world we see so that coincidences apply. Often they are unhappy, but noir fate can work the other way as well. Not usually; it takes some clever invention which we have here. Its why there's mention of Cassiopeia. See? (I mean that literally.)

Its such an attractive idea, that two souls are fated to meet, (one a film producer, the other an analyst). They were born to be together, born alike in some fundamental way. The world will contrive to make the natural fit. Its something to yearn for, and that's what date movies are for: a pinnacle of happiness in love.

This captured me. I suppose it was fate. I wish something similar for you.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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