- 1 hr 30 min
Serendipity is a romantic comedy film released in 2001, starring John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, and Bridget Moynahan. It was directed by Peter Chelsom and written by Marc Klein. The film follows the story of Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale), who meet by chance in New York City during Christmas shopping at Bloomingdale's. They both have partners, but they feel an instant connection, and they spend the day together, wandering around the city, talking, and sharing their dreams and hopes.
At one point, they're standing in front of a display of gloves when Jonathan jokingly suggests that they should test fate by putting their names and phone numbers in the pockets of a pair of gloves and giving them away. Sara agrees, and they go their separate ways, hoping that destiny will bring them back together.
Years pass, and both Jonathan and Sara move on with their lives. They each get engaged to other people, but neither of them can forget about their chance encounter. Sara, who now lives in San Francisco, decides to test fate again by writing her phone number on the inside cover of a used book that she will sell to a used bookstore in New York. Jonathan, who still lives in New York, discovers the book and sees her number. He takes it as a sign that they're meant to be together and starts a desperate search for her.
The story unfolds in a series of coincidences and near-misses as Jonathan and Sara follow the clues that lead them back to each other. They encounter a series of obstacles, including a blizzard that shuts down New York City and complicates their search, but they're determined to be together.
The film also features a strong supporting cast, including Jeremy Piven as Jonathan's best friend, Dean, who provides comic relief and moral support. Bridget Moynahan plays Halley, Jonathan's fiancÃ©e, who is jealous of his obsession with Sara and becomes increasingly frustrated with his erratic behavior.
Serendipity is an endearing, funny, and heartwarming film that will appeal to fans of romantic comedies. The chemistry between Cusack and Beckinsale is palpable, and their characters are relatable and likable. The film captures the magic of New York City during the holiday season, with its sparkling lights, snow-covered streets, and festive atmosphere.
Overall, Serendipity is a charming and uplifting film that reminds us that sometimes, fate has a way of bringing us together, even when the odds seem against us. It celebrates the power of love and the belief that anything is possible if you believe in it enough.
Serendipity is a 2001 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 52.