January 6, 2010
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Honestly if my chick believed in just fate, then I would dump her ass right away.
An amalgam of the plot lines from When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, Serendipity has John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale meeting during a Christmas shopping spree but parting company soon thereafter. Ten years (and a few failed relationships) later, they yearn to put true love to the test by reuniting. But first, they have to find each other.
The film has a very cute and light touch to it. Many of the things that happen in this film is something you see almost all the time in every single romantic dramedy, except the difference is that its all based on fate.
The one problem I had with this film was that it was based way too much on fate and circumstances. The fateful future “coincidences” are so contrived and far fetched that the movies premise was lost for me.
This movie has no depth and will disappoint those that find the extreme serendipity to be too much to deal with. Why two people would at the last minute dump their fiancee’s on fate was preposterous to me.
Cusack and Beckinsale are actually pretty good in this but are never given any time on screen together since they are so used to just playing little tricks on each other. I cared about these characters and I wanted them to get together, but soon by the end I knew they were, and didn’t really care for them since the whole plot was basically based on them playing one another.
Consensus: Though it’s a cute and light film, Serendipity suffers from a overly destructive plot that has us forgetting about the characters and not worrying what happens to them next.