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Serendipity

Serendipity

Date: Nov 21 2001

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Serendipity means having the gift of making great discoveries on accident. Does the movie Serendipity fit the bill? Find out from Chad and Tanis below.

Dialog

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Chad

Chad

Tanis

Tanis

Chad:  Tanis, you know, I know one of your favorite words is serendipitous. And, you know, I just saw a movie titled Serendipity. Have you heard of that?

Tanis:  Chad, the second I saw that movie I was so excited because I use that word all the time!

Chad:  I know, I’ve heard you use it a few times. But, you know, the movie was actually, uh, really good acting. Um, kind of uh, a stayed, you know, plotted out story. I kind of knew what was going to happen the whole way, but how did you like it?

Tanis:  Well, I mean, I thought it was really cute. It was totally predictable, but charming. I, I thought it was fun and I, I had a great time watching. It was much more enjoyable than I thought.

Chad:  You know, definitely for me the best part was the store attendant, the clerk, who kept on saying “You can’t pass this line! Get behind the line!”

Tanis:  That was Eugene Levy. He’s awesome. He is so funny and he was great you know..just, um, the Bloomingdale’s[/def] authoritarian!

Chad:  There was an eclectic mix of actors and personalities that made the movie a pretty good one.

Tanis:  Yeah. I really liked the, the best friend of the guy.

Chad:  Yeah and the, uh, you know, the main actress, she was kind of a surprise. I really liked her British accent and I really hadn’t seen her too much before, but I think she’s a star in the making.

Tanis:  Oh, I think she’s great. I’ve seen her in a couple of things, but I think this is her first kind of mainstream, feature, movie and she did a great job. She’s a cutie. Kate Beckinsale.

Chad:  Yeah. She took the the role and really ran with it.

 

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Discussion

Serendipity is a movie about fate and finding your soulmate. John Cusack (Jonathan) and Kate Beckinsale (Sara) meet each other on a winter day in 1990. They realize that they are smitten with each other and spend the evening together. Jonathan wants to exchange phone numbers and date Sara, but Sara is a romantic and decides to let fate control their destiny. Sara decides to write her name and number in a second-hand book and Jonathon writes his name and number on a $5 bill. They go their own ways – Jonathan without the book, and Sara without reading the $5 bill, hoping that one day that they will find each other’s names.
Pretty cute story, huh? I don’t want to ruin it for you, so I’ll stop there. Does this story remind you of other romantic stories? Which ones are your favorite? Come chat with me about them on the Movie Madness message board. Look forward to seeing you there!
-Nedra

 

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