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.


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A successful and self-absorbed Los Angeles advertising executive switches airline tickets with a stranger just before boarding a long-delayed flight. When the stranger's plane goes down, killing all aboard, the executive has an epiphany. He later decides to track down the widow of the man he switched tickets with, and they soon fall in love; however she is unaware of the true connection between her late husband and this new love of her life.

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Ben Affleck
as Buddy Amaral
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Abby Janello
Tony Goldwyn
as Greg Janello
Alex D. Linz
as Scott Janello
David Dorfman
as Joey Janello
Joe Morton
as Jim Willer
Jennifer Grey
as Janice Guerrero
David Paymer
as Prosecuting Attorney Mandel
Sam Robards
as Todd Exner
Caroline Aaron
as Donna Heisen
Juan García
as Kevin Walters
Mary Ellen Lyon
as Ellen Seitz
Edward Edwards
as Ron Wachter
Thea Mann
as Karen
David McCharen
as Narrator, Infinity Air Commercial
Michael Laskin
as Frank Steadman
Michael Ayala
as Court TV Reporter
Don Amendolia
as Infinity Attorney
John Levin
as Janice's Attorney
Chris Harrison
as Chicago Anchor
Eric Aude
as Prom Boy
Richard Saxton
as CNN Reporter
Lisa Joyner
as TV Announcer
Dave McCharen
as Narrator Infinity Air Commercial
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Critic Reviews for Bounce

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (31)

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

Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's deflated by its earnestness.

Jan 1, 2000

By letting star power and commercial considerations warp good storytelling judgment, Roos has shortchanged his own movie, not to mention the audience.

Jan 1, 2000

[Paltrow and Affleck] are very attractive people but don't give the impression they've ever lost anything other than their way to an Oscar after-party.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A mopey romantic contrivance, with a touch of strained comedy, that maybe is slightly better than last year's Random Hearts but still tedious.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bounce

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

Wahida K
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
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
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

This lean, low-key story about love, fate, commitment, guilt, and spin control is a quite good date movie. Soulful performances, mushrooming compassion, and gemlike pockets of dialogue give credibility to the film's occasionally farfetched plot points.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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