Bounce (2000)



Critic Consensus: Critics say Bounce is more of a thud. Plot turns feel cliched and contrived, and the romance between Paltrow and Affleck fails to engage.

Movie Info

In this romantic comedy-drama, two people whose lives were touched by the same tragedy find love. Buddy Amaral (Ben Affleck) is a successful L.A. advertising executive who has a way with the ladies, but inside he longs for a meaningful long-term relationship. One day Buddy sells his seat on a sold-out airline flight to a stranger; he's shocked when the jet crashes and the man is killed. A year later, still haunted by the incident, Buddy looks up Abby Janello (Gwyneth Paltrow), the victim's … More

Rating: PG-13 (some language and sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Don Roos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 10, 2001
Miramax Films - Official Site


as Buddy Amaral

as Abby Janello

as Greg Janello

as Scott Janello

as Joey Janello

as Jim Willer

as Janice Guerrero

as Prosecuting Attorney...

as Todd Exner

as Donna Heisen

as Kevin Walters

as Ellen Seitz

as Ron Wachter

as Narrator, Infinity ...

as Karen

as Frank Steadman

as Court TV Reporter

as Infinity Attorney

as Janice's Attorney

as Chicago Anchor

as Emcee

as Prom Boy

as CNN Reporter

as TV Announcer

as Narrator Infinity Ai...
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Critic Reviews for Bounce

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (34)

Two movies in one -- lively when people are talking, lame when things are happening.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The movie never really works because it's hard to root for a screen romance when one of the actors is stiff and unsympathetic.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

To my taste, [Buddy and Abby] don't sync up. They're just not right for each other. I fretted for both of them, in a way that didn't serve the movie well.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

What a lingering, contrived, lukewarm mess this is.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Something is missing in Bounce, the muted dynamic of which calls forth a perhaps inevitably muted reaction.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The very premise of Bounce sounds suspect, so it's a credit to Roos' writing that he largely overcomes his own dubious plotline and fashions a fairly involving love story.

Full Review… | April 25, 2012
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Bounce

Two strangers fell in love. One knew it wasn't by chance.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


There wasn't a lot of noise with this movie, but I loved it! It was a sad, but sweet movie.

Nani Vang

Super Reviewer

I didn't really care for the flick. Even though Affleck is the man he put out a very plain movie that didn't have me caring at all for the characters.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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