Forces of Nature


Forces of Nature

Critics Consensus

A distinct lack of chemistry between Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, coupled with a screwball sensibility that's a touch too screwy, scupper Forces of Nature's modest ambition to serve up romantic charm.



Total Count: 66


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User Ratings: 57,612
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Ben has to get from New York to Savannah for his wedding to Bridget. He has everything under control until an eccentric young woman named Sarah literally falls into his life... and atmospheric conditions become decidedly unstable. Despite being detained, derailed and disrobed, panic doesn't really set in until Ben realizes that he's developing a definite attraction to the sexy and impetuous Sarah... and the feeling is decidedly mutual. It seems that man, machine and the forces of nature are conspiring to keep Ben from his vows, leaving him to wonder if this is some kind of cosmic test... and if it is, will he pass?


Blythe Danner
as Virginia
Ronny Cox
as Hadley
Maia Lien
as Sandy
Carter Reedy
as Groomsman No. 1
Rafiki Smith
as Groomsman No. 2
Franklin H.D. Ecker
as Groomsman No. 3
Taylor Gilbert
as Dr. Keller
Bill Erwin
as Murray
Michael Cudlitz
as Bartender
Athena Maria Bitzis
as Juanita the Bull Tamer
Libby Whittemore
as Car Rental Agent
Dan Albright
as Officer McDonnell
Marshall Rosenblum
as Ticket Vendor
Mike Pniewski
as Conductor
Brandon McLaughlin
as Delivery Man
Marc McPherson
as Hotel Manager
Cordell Nichols
as Child on Train
Dan Biggers
as Justice of the Peace
Lester Cohen
as Post Authority Spokesman
Natalie Hendrix
as Airport Reporter
Scott Pierce
as News Anchor
Shannon Welles
as Lady in Wheelchair
Antone Calandra
as Sunseeker
Tommy Chappelle
as Sunseeker
James Chirbas
as Sunseeker
Bill Coates
as Sunseeker
Damon Frost
as Sunseeker
Jean Gates
as Sunseeker
Joan Glover
as Sunseeker
Winnie Hammer
as Sunseeker
Bob King
as Sunseeker
Leon Lamar
as Sunseeker
Eddie Miller
as Sunseeker
Mali Miller
as Sunseeker
Danny Nelson
as Sunseeker
Joanne Pankow
as Sunseeker Gladys
Ginnie Randall
as Sunseeker
Beverly Shelton
as Sunseeker
George Stoba
as Sunseeker
Jacki Wilson
as Sunseeker
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Critic Reviews for Forces of Nature

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (36)

Audience Reviews for Forces of Nature

  • Apr 26, 2017
    Opposites take a forced road trip together (hey, that's the plot to It Happened One Night!) ... will they or won't they fall in love? The idea is here, but the chemistry isn't, though not for lack of trying. Affleck plays the "normal but boring" everyman and Bullock is the kook/free spirit who teaches him about living life. Close, but no cigar.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2014
    For some reason the end of the nineties prompted these bleak, dumpy romantic dramas with fast editing and blue tint cinematography. This film did it, "Life Less Ordinary" did it, and every mediocre romantic dramedy did it as well. Even casting likeable Sandra Bullock and the ever popular Ben Affleck couldn't save this movie, probably because their chemistry sucks. Their characters are one note, Bullock is the definition of "manic pixie dream girl" in this case, only serving as a plot device rather than a fully fleshed out character. Her lies and grandiose sense of adventure don't make her anything but a flat nothing of a character. This film is melodramatic, it meanders along at a really slow pace, and throws a lot at the audience all at once without explanation. The director is obviously trying to make a point about how commitment isn't a death sentence and love is forever, but she bogs us down in exposition and pandering, to the point where it's alienating. There's just nothing easy or entertaining about this film.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2011
    "Forces of Nature" Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck star in this romantic comedy. Ben (Affleck) gets stranded in New York when his plane skids out of control, the trouble is he is getting married in 2 days and his only way back seems to be a ride with a free-spirited traveller called Sarah (Bullock) The duo get into lots of trouble on their road trip and the results are pretty amusing. Affleck and Bullock both provide nice performances without ever excelling in the roles, the screenplay is nicely written and the direction is nice also. If you're looking for a feel-good comedy, this is a good one .
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2011
    Ben Affleck plays an uptight stuffy guy about to walk down the aisle with Bridget (Maura Tierney), but on the way to Savannah he runs into the delectable Sarah (Sandra Bullock) and he begins to wonder if he has made the right decision. The charismatic Steve Zahn is underused as Ben`s best man who covers for him upon discovering Ben`s fake marriage. Nevertheless I loved the cinematography, the unique rain scene and the unexpected twist ending. The sunsets were beautiful, raindrops fell like jewels from the sky and there was one scene towards the end where two people are surrounded by a hurricane yet completely unaware of it, lost in their conversation while the wind twists and howls around them. Well guys you know my favorite scene would be the one in the bar where Bullock has to coax Affleck through every move of his bump 'n' grind routine. Unfortunately, it was cut a bit short, as you never see Ben go full monty, which would have brought down the house lol!
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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