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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Romantic comedy exploring the theme of fate, of "if it's meant to be, it's meant to be."
Positive Role Models
No real role models.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lead male character and his best friend look in the window of a house to see two people having passionate sex -- no nudity. While flirting shortly after they first met, lead female character asks lead male character what his favorite sexual position is.
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Infrequent profanity: "bulls--t," "crap," "ass."
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Products & Purchases
Serendipity the restaurant plays a role.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink champagne at a dinner party -- lead male character's best friend makes a toast while very drunk. Drinking in a bar. Lead female character smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Serendipity is a 2001 romantic comedy starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale that explores the theme of love and fate. Kate Beckinsale's character smokes cigarettes, and some drinking is shown, including a dinner party scene in which a man gives a toast while drunk on champagne. The two male leads are shown looking into a nearby window and watching two people having passionate sex -- there's no nudity, but it's obvious what's happening. Infrequent profanity (bulls--t," "crap," "ass") is heard, and there's some sex-themed humor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is romantic confection with all the weight of a soap bubble, but it has all the sheen and charm of one, too. Cusack and Beckinsale are just right, giving a small touch of bittersweet reality to the fairy tale. Sarah's insistence on letting fate determine the outcome could make her seem arbitrary and foolish, but Beckinsale shows us that it's just the result of Sarah's struggle to overcome a deep romanticism. Cusack, always superb in showing us that same struggle, makes Jonathan's quest to find Sarah genuinely touching.
The script wobbles at times. The respective fiancés are neither interesting enough to merit their screen time or awful enough to make us feel comfortable about seeing them get dumped. And the near-misses get a little overdone. Adept performances by sidekicks Molly Shannon and Jeremy Piven and by Eugene Levy as a persnickety Bloomingdale's salesman provide buoyancy. And cinematographer John de Borman captures New York City as a dreamy wonderland, with twinkling lights and floating snowflakes.
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