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Fave Movie #24 – Serendipity

Serendipity poster.jpg2001

Cast-John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Molly Shannon, Bridget Moynahan, John Corbett, Eugene Levy

Directed by Peter Chelsom

In honor of Valentine’s Day this month I’m going to try and review as many of the romantic movies on my list as I can.

Jonathan and Sara both have significant others in their lives, but when they meet at Bloomingdales in New York they share a very serendipitous night together.  Sara, a big believer in fate, wants to leave a second meeting to chance.  Fast forward five years and they are both engaged to other people but wondering if they have already met and lost their soul mate.  A last minute hunt ensues.

Why I Love It- I’ve seen this movie many times over the years and love it every time.  The main reason being the very romantic notion of soulmates, that one person with whom everything makes sense.  It has not been my experience that everyone has one true soulmate, but I love the idea of it.  I think when I first saw the movie, I was only a few years married and it held this magical appeal to me. Now, almost 20 years since my first date with Jason, the appeal is still there but I felt a little more sad for Jonathan’s fiancé when I watched it this time around.

There is no getting over the cute factor of these two.  Kate was radiant and John, not usually my cup of tea, was appealing.  They spent only a few days filming together but had lots of chemistry when they were onscreen at the same time.  This may be the one time I haven’t found Jeremey Piven a little twerpy and I loved him as Jonathan’s best friend.  The whole cast was great.  John Corbett as a world renown New Age musician was pretty funny.

New York was a great backdrop and the movie made no apologies for the coincidences that brought them together and kept them apart.  It was fate and I was caught up in its charm.

Perfect for a romantic rental!! This clip sort of sums up the movie…



February 5, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I’ve never heard of that movie but the trailer looks really cute.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | February 5, 2016 | Reply

  2. My favorite John Cusack, which was certainly a type of romance, was The Sure Thing, from 1985.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | February 5, 2016 | Reply

  3. This is a movie that have meant to watch for a long, long time. And it’s available on Netflix streaming right now – just saying…

    I actually love John Cusack and like Lloyd, I love The Sure Thing and also Better Off Dead. Plus his character in Sixteen Candles. There’s just something about him. I’ll look forward to more romantic movie reviews this month, Stacy!

    Comment by Kay | February 5, 2016 | Reply

  4. I’ve never been a fan of John Cusack, but this movie was really good.

    Comment by Vicki | February 5, 2016 | Reply

  5. It’s been years since I last saw that film, but I do love it.

    I remember seeing it in the cinema and spending the whole thing trying to work out what I recognised Kate Beckinsale from. About twenty minutes from the end I practically jumped up and shouted ‘Pearl Harbour!’ (or whatever film I was remembering her from) hehe.

    Comment by clicksclan | February 7, 2016 | Reply

  6. I need to watch this movie again. This wasn’t a particular favorite of mine for some reason, but I can’t remember why. I do love John Cusack.

    Comment by Literary Feline | February 7, 2016 | Reply

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