Serendipity (2001)

Serendipity is a famous little restaurant in the Upper East Side in Manhatten. If you look up the word, it means “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for also: an instance of this.” If you dig a little deeper, the word is associated with fate. 

Fate works in mysterious ways. It happens every day and will happen when you least expect it. Fate will either change your life for the better or worse. Sometimes it just does what it has to do. 

Jonathan (John Cusack) is about to marry Hailey (Bridget Moynahan), except it doesn’t appear to be written in the stars. Fate steps in and introduces Jonathan to Sara (Kate Beckinsale). Through a series of events, Sara and Jonathan tempt fate, all the while hoping that they will end up together again. 

Serendipity is a charming rom-com because it’s crazy and cute at the same time. Destroying your personal life because you believe in fate is a little crazy, but when you feel connected with someone, it’s cute to see the lengths you will go to connect again. 

I have always appreciated Cusack’s performances because he is so animated and can nail a dramatic or comedic scene with ease. He’s so over the top in this one that he’s a great match with his best friend Dean, played by Jeremy Piven. These two are great because they feed off each other and take something so simple and blow it up. 

Another aspect of this film that I enjoy is the innocence behind it all. There are many things to do in New York City, and these two people find the best ways to make memories. 

I’ve been to the Big Apple a few times, and Serendipity is still a place I need to visit. This movie inspires romance and the connection people feel when they meet their person. 9/10


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