Love is in the air in this week’s Movies You Have Not Seen But Should.
Welcome back to Movies You Have Not Seen But Should. For this week’s film, we will look at the 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity. The film stars Kate Beckensale, John Cusack, Molly Shannon, Jeremy Piven and Bridget Moynahan.
This movie examines the lives of two characters: Jonathan Trager (played by Cusack) and Sara Thomas (played by Beckensale). The two meet in a chance encounter during the holidays while shopping at Bloomingdale’s. However, both are in relationships with other people. Despite this, there is a mutual attraction between the two. They end up spending a night out on the town together, eating ice cream and skating. At the end of the night, they agree to exchange phone numbers. Sara writes hers on a piece of paper, but it flies away before Jonathan can catch it. Sara then has the idea of writing her number in a copy of the book Love in the Time of Cholera, while Jonathan writes his on a $5 bill. Jonathan then suggests that they go to a hotel and get on separate elevators to see if they get off on the same floor. They do choose the same floor, but a child on the elevator with Jonathan pushes all of the buttons and they don’t arrive at the same time. This seems to be the end of their time together.
Fast forward a few years, and Jonathan is engaged to Hailey Buchanan (played by Moynahan). Meanwhile, Sara is in London and in a relationship with rock star Lars Hammond (played by John Corbett). Jonathan and Sara try again to reconnect in New York. With his best friend Dean Kansky (played by Piven), Jonathan tries to track Sara down with the purchase they made at Bloomingdale’s (each of them buying one glove), while Sara and her best friend Eve (played by Shannon) go to the different places that she and Jonathan went on their date. Will the two find each other? Will they end up as a couple in the end? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.
The film’s score is composed by Alan Silvestri, who also did the music for films such as Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, and Marvel’s The Avengers. It was released in theaters on October 5, 2001. With a budget of $23 million, it would go on to gross $77.5 million at the box office.
Serendipity is available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Amazon Instant Streaming. Cusack and Beckensale are a great couple to root for getting together. If you’re a fan of romantic comedies, it’s a fun film that you may not have seen, but you should.