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Directed By: Peter Chelsom
Starring: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Molly Shannon, Jeremy Piven and Eugene Levy.
2001 has been turning into the year of fear concerning John Cusack's career. Sure, this is the man that gave us two great little film (Grosse Point Blank and High Fidelity) but in 2001? America's Sweethearts and Serendipity? Is the man turning into the romantic date flick super hero? And could Serendipity be more sappy looking? Have you seen this trailer? Fate, coincidence and all that new age happy crap? What is going on with the man that once said "No, no. Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for money. It's a job. That didn't come out right.". Where did that man go?
He's still there I believe, somewhere, keeping that side of him for his own films, his own writing and perhaps one day his own directing...but for now, we have to deal with the film that is Serendipity.
I caught a sneak of it the other night with Rush Hour 2. And you know what? I liked it, I liked it a lot...which really is saying something. I find romantic comedies make one major mistake. They forget about the comedy and overemphasize the romance. Not so here.
One night while buying cashmere gloves at Bloomingdales Jonathan Trager (Cusack) finds himself confronted by a Sarah Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) a charming woman who wants the same pair of gloves for herself. They spend a great night together and then coincidence follows coincidence and inevitably they spend the next ten years apart. Now, Trager is about to get married and he begins to wonder if his bride is the one he should be with or not, and Sarah Thomas, now living in San Fran is wondering the same thing.
Peter Chelsom, coming off the phenomenal misfire Town & Country directs this little film with style and a quirky sense of humour about itself. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about this flick is the pacing. No lags, no long stretches of ennui...it keeps rolling along without ever looking back. Yes, there maybe lingering shots of both Cusack and Beckinsale looking skyward or forlornly at little signs/clues along the way but the momentum never lets up.
Chelsom also populated his film with great character actors in smaller roles, Eugene Levy as a Bloomingdale clerk, Jeremy Piven as Trager's best friend and writer of obituaries at the New York Times and Molly Shannon as Sarah's best friend. Whenever a little slack comes along, these three are there to help tighten it up.
I don't care for the romantic comedy...rarely do...but this is one of the ones that slips by me without any malice. I loved When Harry Met Sally, totally enjoyed Keeping The Faith and now Serendipity. All because these three romantic comedies remembered to be funny, right up until the final frames of the film. Is that too much to ask?
Special Features: No special features announced as of yet, keep us bookmarked as we will update this page as we have more news.
The DVD Review:
No details yet but slated for an April 16 release.
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