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Film / Serendipity

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Serendipity is a 2001 Romantic Comedy film directed by Peter Chelsom.

John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale star as Jonathan Trager and Sara Thomas, who meet in Bloomingdale's after grabbing the same pair of gloves as a Christmas gift for their respective partners. Jonathan is attracted to Sara and asks her to give him her number, but when he loses it, Sara believes that they should let destiny determine whether or not they should be together. They are separated, left with nothing but one glove each from the same black pair they had seen in Bloomingdale's, and with no clues to finding each other but a five-dollar bill (on which Jonathan had written his name and number) and a copy of Love in the Time of Cholera (in which Sara did the same) that they send out to the world for them to find. And no, they don't even know each other's full names when they get separated.


Six years later, Jonathan is engaged to Halley Buchanan and would be getting married in a few days, while Sara's boyfriend Lars Hammond proposes to her. Despite this, both of them continue trying to find the dollar bill and the book (although Sara's belief in supernatural phenomena has greatly decreased) and find themselves in a race against time and destiny in an attempt to meet again before their respective wedding dates. Hilarity Ensues.


The following tropes are found in this film:

  • Because Destiny Says So: Sara believed that destiny should determine whether or not she and Jonathan should be together. At first...
  • Beta Couple: Dean and Courtney, according to Jonathan, though they eventually split up. Dean tries to fix things up, though.
  • Boy Meets Girl: It's John Cusack, what do you expect?
  • Chekhov's Gun: The gloves do more than just bring them together; Jonathan's glove helps him in his search for Sara.
  • Contrived Coincidence: All the events that Jonathan and Sara go through that either separate them or bring them closer together, with some of them being far more believable than others.
  • Double-Meaning Title: "Serendipity" is both a restaurant that is the site of Jonathan and Sarah's first date and the premise of the film (luck; good fortune; fate.)


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