Serendipity – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date(UK): June 2002

Genre: Comedy, romance

Director: Peter Chelsom

Cast: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Bridget Moynahan, John Corbett, Eugene Levy…

Description: Sara believes in fate, Jonathan has a more serendipitous view. When both their lives collide they manage to have a few hours of fun – drinking coffee and ice skating – until their night has to come to an end, although they both leave convinced they will one day find one another again.

My Thoughts: At first I thought the concept of this film was really stupid and lacking in originality – although I appreciate that this film is relatively old so probably all the films that I’ve seen like this are complete rip-offs – and I thought it was unhealthy to glamourize thinking that everything that happens is meant to happen for a reason or testing fate or whatever, because I believe to behave like that you have to have an obsessive mind that’s convinced on proving that everything really does happen for a reason, but if you’re wrong then you’ve missed out on a huge opportunity. Although, after saying all of this it did leave me wondering and thinking about fate for a little while and seeing if I could relate it to my own life, but not in an obsessive I-need-to-prove-that-what-happened-was-supposed-to-happen way but more of an, I-wonder-if-we-hadn’t-met-when-we-did-whether-we-would-have-met-in-a-different-way thing. So not obsessive, rather a pondering thought than anything else.

I really hate (and this is a feature of all romantic comedies) when in these kind of films the main leads are always dating, engaged, or married to other people when they meet but yet it doesn’t stop them bizarrely spending a whole night together. And how instead of calling it quits with their already existing partners they decide to go their separate ways but are then left constantly thinking about the stranger they spent a few hours with years ago. I think it’s really unhealthy to make people think that this is normal, that we should hope to one day meet someone who we can have a great night with even though we’re already dating, engaged or married to someone else and then constantly think about them for years afterwards. It’s not normal. If you fall in love with someone else whilst you’re already together with someone else, do the right thing and tell the person you’re already with that it’s just not working anymore, because otherwise you’re just lying to yourself and hurting them in the process.

I found that some of the characters were really annoying but other characters were funny and likeable, however there weren’t actually that many funny scenes. But there were quite a lot of characters, not enough to overwhelm you but enough to keep it interesting.

Although I said I didn’t like the whole fate thing, and I don’t necessarily think it’s a good thing to get people believing but I do think it made for a good story in a film and although I’ve seen quite a few films that follow slightly the same story line it still gets you every time, you still find yourself wondering how they’re going to find their way back to each other, how their paths are going to weave back together. And it was a really enjoyable and engaging film.

I thought some of the actors worked really well together and I could particularly see the chemistry between a couple of the characters.

Overall I think this was an easy, calm, relaxing, engaging and enjoyable film and it kind of made you feel good even though it was kind of a stupid concept.

4 and a half/5 stars.

If you have seen this film and would like to share your thoughts (either on the movie itself or on fate) please feel free to leave a comment! If you have reviewed the film on your own blog or somewhere else please feel free to leave a link in the comments section! And if you haven’t seen this film but you’re planning to, you’re more than welcome to back here after you’ve done so and share your comments then!

Warnings: some scenes of kissing, swearing, smoking, drinking and one very brief sexual scene where nothing is properly shown. For full details please click the link to the IMDb parental guide:

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link:

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