Cast: This romantic comedy has a talented cast of actors who bring forth a fun and light hearted story of fate and romance. Kate Beckinsale plays a quirky British woman named Sara who is obsessed with fate and timing which she believes brings one to their own destiny. John Cusack is Jonathan who lives in New York City who believes in living in the moment and not so much in “signs”. During the course of the movie, Jonathan starts seeing “signs” which leads him to believe Sara clearly is the one for him. Jeremy Piven plays Jonathan’s bestfriend Dean who compliments Jonathan’s character and adds plenty of humor and sarcasm throughout the movie. Molly Shannon is Eve who plays Sara’s bestfriend. In the movie, Sara gives Jonathan her phone number which he writes on a piece of paper (only for it to be blown away by a gust of wind) then later writes her name inside a book for Jonathan to stalk every book store in the city to find out her full name and phone number. Jonathan learns that sometimes true love does not come right away, but sometimes years later. This movie explores the idea of not settling for convenient love, but to instead follow your heart and wait for the love that you truly deserve.
Basic movie facts: The restaurant Serendipity really does exist in New York City and so does the table where the two characters famously sat known as the “Star Table”. The drinks Sara and Jonathan drink is also on the menu as the “Frozen Hot Chocolate”. This movie came out October 15, 2001 a month after September 11, 2001. As a result of the tragedy, the Twin Towers were digitally removed from the movie in regards to any shots of the city. John Cusack played two different characters in different movies where he points out the constellation Cassiopeia to his love interests. John Corbett (Lars who is Sara’s fiancée) and Bridget Moynahan (Jonathan’s fiancée) both play the jilted lovers in the show “Sex in the City” who were dumped so that their fiancees could be with each other.
Pros: Life is rich with symbolisms and this cute little movie only amplifies it in regards to finding your destiny. This movies carries interesting symbolisms such as the little boy dressed up as the devil who prevented the two characters from being together. What this movie does so well is show you that you just have to allow fate to play out itself, which is sometimes hard for those of us who would rather just push the “instant” button to be with our soul mates immediately whether we know them or not. Patience is a virtue even if it does take the two main characters several years to reunite once again, but as destiny would have it, both of them become like fine wine with the timing being perfect when they eventually meet and the “stars align” for them.
Music score: Alan Silvestri was the composer for this movie and much like Lars (John Corbett), Alan also traveled around with his band in his early years. Alan also composed music for one of my favorite movies from the 1980’s “Romancing the Stone”. Other well known movies Alan put his musical touch to were movies like “Back to the Future”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Forrest Gump”, “Contact”, “Cast Away” and a Grammy for Best Song Written for Motion Picture from the movie “Polar Express” called “Believe”. Alan has a superior way of translating the mood and theme for each of his movies and the song “Believe” has a special place in my heart.
Eve:Oh my god! Prada! Ooh! Prada! I love this stuff!
Sara:Eve, that’s a horrific fake! At least my knockoff says ‘Prada,’ your’s says ‘Prado!’
Eve:Well, I say for a dollar I can buy a magic marker and fix it. I’ll take it!
Dean: (He wrote an obiturary for his friend Jonathan)
Jonathan Trager, prominent television producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancée. He was 35 years old. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, it’s a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times, described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. “Things were clearer for him,” Kansky noted. Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call “fatum”, what we currently refer to as destiny.
Relatability: Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I too have often asked myself, “Wait, where is he? What is he doing? What’s the closest we’ve been from each other? Why? What? WHEN?! For people who have met or seen each other, the undeniable attraction and timing to be together again is a another beast on its own way and perhaps very complex in allowing the two to reunite again. I personally have never spent a few hours with a complete stranger, had such an amazing time only to never hear from them again. I have never met a stranger that lead me to want to search him to meet him again. Nope. Never experienced that. Even if I did, I would not let them go like Sara and allow fate to bring us together. I sure as heck would give them my number, Skype ID and get their full name before we said our goodbyes. I do have a bad habit (albeit it’s gotten better over the years) of leaving my scarf, umbrella or sunglasses somewhere. Overall, this is a very cute movie to watch even if it is predictable. If you are an Amazon Prime member like myself, this movie is playing for free right now. I’m not sure how long it will be on the free list, but you should check it out!