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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.

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Peter Chelsom

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Marc Klein
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Can Once In A Lifetime Happen Twice? See more »

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Señales de amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$50,294,317

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,516,304
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The book Love in the Time of Cholera is mentioned in another John Cusack movie High Fidelity. See more »

Goofs

When in the opening scene when Jon and Sara are fighting over the gloves, the older male shopper says that it is five days before Christmas. However, when Jon finds the receipt years later the date is 12/21 which is only four days before Christmas. See more »

Quotes

[Discussing the Cool Hand Luke poster Sara saw]
Eve: Sara, it was a movie poster, it's no big deal.
Sara: It's peculiar though, right? Don't you think?
Eve: I thought you were through with all this new-age bullshit, feng-shuey and all that crap.
Sara: Eve, for someone who owns a new-age store you're incredibly earth-bound
Eve: Oh yeah, well, for a shrink-in-training, you're a little bit crazy, I'll tell you that much.
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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.
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  • 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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Lucienne
Written by Hélène Cardona, Peter Chelsom and Alan Silvestri
Performed by Hélène Cardona
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Pure delight
13 December 2007 | by robert-temple-1See 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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