Forces of Nature (1999)



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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?
PG-13 (for sensuality, language and a scene of drug use)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Dreamworks Distribution

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Maura Tierney
as Bridget
Steve Zahn
as Alan
Blythe Danner
as Virginia
Ronny Cox
as Hadley
Janet Carroll
as Barbara
John Doe
as Carl
Anne Haney
as Emma
Julie Ivey
as Beth
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
Shelly Desai
as Cabbie
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
Judith Maltenfort
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)

DreamWorks' first reprehensible fiasco.

Full Review… | June 14, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

An extremely enjoyable neo-screwball comedy about attractive opposites on the road.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

A bumbling and typically charmless latter-day studio screwball comedy.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The cinematic equivalent of Styrofoam: a weightless romantic comedy of synthetic feelings.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A most pleasant and diverting venture.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A so-so, OK, perfectably acceptable, nice, rather charming romantic comedy with two stars who are entirely watchable. In 1999, that adds up to a sort-of, kind-of middling experience at the movies.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Forces of Nature

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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

A little known rom-com starring Sandra Bullock. A guy traveling to get married meets a free-spirited woman en route who helps open his eyes to life and love. It was a fun film with some funny moments with a good cast. Good soundtrack to!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer


The path to true love gets rocky in this engaging and occasionally wild tale - outragous and warmhearted funny. Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock are very appealing as the reliable groom-to-be and free-spirited traveller who complement each other's strengths and weaknesses and who learn to offer one another valuable life lessons. The cinematography is unique, inventive, and beautiful! This movie has always given me a better perspective on marriage, love, lust, wondering minds, and people in general. This film's directorial vision is clear and is visually stunning. One good performance came from the late David Strickland (TV series' Suddenly Susan) in his final film role. It was unfortunate to hear about Strickland's death because his role in this film showed the world that he can act well on the big screen.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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