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Serendipity (2001)



Critic Consensus: Light and charming, Serendipity could benefit from less contrivances.

Movie Info

On a bustling shopping day in the winter of 1990, Jonathon Trager meets Sara Thomas. Two strangers amid the masses in NYC, their paths collide in the mad holiday rush as they fall victim to a mutual attraction. Despite the fact that each is involved in another relationship, Jonathon and Sara spend the evening wandering Manhattan. But when the night reaches it's inevitable end, the two are forced into determining some kind of next step. When the smitten Jonathon suggests an exchange of phone numbers, Sara balks and proposes an idea that will allow fate to take control of their future. If they are meant to be together, she tells him, they will find their way back into one another's life.more
Rating: PG-13 (for a scene of sexuality, and for brief language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Marc Klein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 9, 2002
Box Office: $50.0M
Miramax Films - Official Site


John Cusack
as Jonathan Trager
Kate Beckinsale
as Sara Thomas
John Corbett
as Lars Hammond
Bridget Moynahan
as Halley Buchanan
Eugene Levy
as Bloomingdale's Sales...
Lucy Gordon
as Caroline Mitchell
Kate Blumberg
as Courtney
Mike Benitez
as Superintendent
Pamela Redfern
as Flight Attendant
Brenda Logan
as Hair Stylist
Colleen Williams
as Hippie Woman
Stephen Bruce
as Host at Serendipity
Aron Tager
as Janitor
Christopher Baker
as Lars' Band Member No...
Neil Claxton
as Lars' Band Member No...
Leo Fitzpatrick
as Leasing Office Temp
Ron Payne
as Louis Trager
Victor Young
as Mr. Buchanan
Eve Crawford
as Mrs. Buchanan
Marcia Bennett
as Mrs. Trager
Jamie Goodwin
as Nick Roberts
Buck Henry
as Glove Shopper (uncre...
Ajay Mehta
as Pakistani Driver
Reggi Wyns
as Rastafarian
Jessica Kelly
as Sara Lawson
Simon Jutras
as Sebastain
Marqus Bobesich
as Street Vendor
Catherine Hernandez
as Waitress at Serendip...
Catherine Kuhn
as Wedding Coordinator
Clark Middleton
as Airport Cab Driver
David Sparrow
as Josh's Dad
Conrad Bergschneider
as Check-in Clerk
Lilli Lavine
as Bloomingdale's Stock...
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News & Interviews for Serendipity

Critic Reviews for Serendipity

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (38)

A movie I found myself liking more than perhaps I should.

Full Review… | October 18, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

Fluffy and innocuous as Cool Whip, it is nonetheless uplifting, romantic and delightful, further enhancing the world's enduring love affair with the Big Apple.

Full Review… | October 18, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

Lightweight romance may appeal to teens.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

The goofiest movie Nora Ephron never wrote.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007

Delivers its romance in a warm, straightforward way with no frills.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid empty, so derivative

Full Review… | January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Serendipity

i like this movie, unlike a lot of other romcoms that ive religiously watched with the vain hope of it being good and finally saying its a romcom to be proud of, this movie is disappointing its sweet and i love kate beckinsale regardless of a shit movie!
Its enjoyable and amusing and worth a watch for those who love romcoms and who have lost faith in all romcoms out there!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

I'm generally not a chick flick/romantic movie type of guy. However, I LOVE "Serendipity". This is my favorite romance movie. I love the premise, I love the performances, I love the music, I really love everything about it. It's the story of Johnathon(John Cusack) and Sara(Kate Beckinsale). They meet one night by chance and have a great time. But Sara worries that they aren't meant to be, so she comes up with a plan. She writes her name and phone number in a book, and he writes his name and phone number on a 5 dollar bill. If they ever find the other, they will call each other and know it was meant to be. Years pass and both have moved on with their lives. Johnathon is about to get married and Sara has just gotten engaged. However both want desperately to find the other, to know for sure if they were meant to be. My favorite character in the movie is Dean(Jeremy Piven), Johnathon's best friend. Piven is one of my favorite actors, and brought a lot to the role. Every time I see this movie on tv, I stop and watch it. It's just such a fantastic movie. If you've never seen it, what is wrong with you? Go get a copy and sit back, and just fall in love. If you have seen it, well look for it again and be reminded of how great of a movie this really is.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

A quirky and fun film! Romantic and a feel good film!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Serendipity Quotes

Sara Thomas: Okay. Favorite movie.
Jonathan Trager: The correct answer is Cool Hand Luke.
Sara Thomas: I've never seen it.
Jonathan Trager: Oh, come on. You've never seen Cool Hand Luke? Paul Newman? Oh my god. Come on! "Failure to communicate." Sadistic cop in sunglasses with no name. Reminds me of you in that way.
Sara Thomas: Um, favorite New York moment.
Jonathan Trager: This one's climbing the charts.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)

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