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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Frothy romcom has some language, sex.

Movie PG-13 2001 90 minutes
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age 12+

An underrated Gem!

Best movie ever! Perfect around the Holidays but great even all-year around. This story is beautifully written. Sarah (Beckinsale) is obsessed with fate, she believes that fate guides us through our life and helps make our right decisions. She meets the lovable Jonathan (Cusack) in New York when the two both have an eye for the last pair of gloves during the Holidays. After spending time together a couple of times, Sarah puts fate to the test to see if Jonathan is right for her. After losing contact with each other for a couple of years and being engaged to other people, they both use fate to find each other once and for all. Lots of fun along the way! Kate's character is refreshing and different! It's both romantic and hilarious, an all around feel good film that you can enjoy over and over. Language is not a concern, no violence. A little smoking, and some very mild sexual content like kissing, a few jokes and one quick brief off-screen sex scene (not bad at all!) HIGHLY recommended for families with kids about 12 and up.

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age 15+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (6 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 5, 2001
  • On DVD or streaming: April 9, 2002
  • Cast: Jeremy Piven , John Cusack , Kate Beckinsale
  • Director: Peter Chelsom
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Romance
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: a scene of sexuality, and for brief language
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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