Reviewed byHan SoloNVote: 9/10/10
The first time I've seen this movie, I knew I'd add it to my"classics", and here it is. Kate Beckinsale shows her talent -finally-within the movie by blending right into the act of John Cusack. SinceI'm in love with these kind of movie scripts, the movie got me in itsclasp as I've heard Armstrong's deep voice in the beginning. As themovie starts, the movie's philosophy starts to reveals itself through apair of black Kashmir gloves. The fact that love will find a waythrough it all is buzzing all around the movie and makes you feelwarmer even though it's winter and snowing. The ice skating section andthe ending section on the same "floor" are wondrous moments which anypeople would like to live - which makes the movie closer to theaudience. The thought of someone "right around the corner" waiting foryou is all around the movie and makes you feel like go out and find"them". A really cute story with a good sense of humor. Deserves my 9!I just LOVE watching it!
Reviewed byFlickJunkie-2Vote: 9/10/10
This charming romantic comedy has all the right ingredients and serves up abouillabaisse of schmaltzy romance and slapstick fun. Jonathan (JohnCusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) meet in Bloomingdales when they both wantto purchase the same pair of gloves. The attraction is instant and theyspend a romantic evening cavorting around New York City together. At theend of the evening John wants to see her again, but Sara decides that if itis fate that they should be together, they will find each other again. Shedrives away in a cab and he never sees her again. Well, almostnever.
Years go by and both of them are about to be married, but each still hasthis nagging feeling that the other was his/her one true love. Of coursefate conspires to bring them back together (after about a dozen near misses)as they each simultaneously undertake one last attempt to find one anotherjust before they get married to someone else.
The fate angle is plowed mercilessly, almost to the point of nausea, but theskits are funny and the chemistry between Cusack and Beckinsale isenchanting. Cusack is an expert at playing the tortured and neurotic lover,but here he is more haunted and forlorn than dysfunctional, and it playsmuch better than his previous two characters in `High Fidelity' and`America's Sweethearts'.
Kate Beckinsale rocketed from obscurity to prominence with her performancein `Pearl Harbor' and proves to be a wonderful romantic lead in this film. She is breezy and adorable and spins a delightful web around Jonathan andthe viewer. The film also benefits from outstanding comedic support fromJeremy Piven as Jonathan's best friend and devoted Sara sleuth. Piven'szany comedy proves to be the perfect complement to Cusack's wry despondency. Eugene Levy is a scream as the eccentric Bloomingdales salesman, whoblackmails Jonathan into buying half the store to give him information fromSara's charge account.
All in all, this is an entertaining comedy that is insubstantial butdelectable. I tend to give romantic comedies a little more slack, becauseI'm a sucker for this slush, and this is one of the better ones I've seen ina while so I rated it a 9/10. This lighthearted romp makes a great dateflick, but if serious drama is your preference stay away.
Reviewed byMsPunchVote: 8/10/10
Jonathan and Sara bump into each other while Christmas shopping inBloomingdale's, when they both grab the same pair of black cashmeregloves at the same time. They go for coffee at a café named Serendipitywhich, Jonathan discovers, is Sara's favourite word. A firm believer inthe power of fate, she refuses to give Jonathan her phone number instead, she writes her name and number inside the cover of a book,which she then sells to a secondhand bookshop, telling him that if theyare meant to be together, the book will find its way to him. Likewise,she makes him write his number on a banknote, which she promptlyspends, telling him that if fate decrees it, the note will find its wayback to her. A few years on, Jonathan and Sara are both engaged toother people, but each keeps thinking about whether the other is theirtrue soulmate, and then they start to see signs which they interpret asthe fates trying to tell them something
This is a charming romantic comedy a heavy suspension of reality isrequired, but that's surely part of the point. Sara's willingness toleave her future to fate slightly beggars belief, but Beckinsalemanages to make Sara appealing enough. It's prettily shot and perfectlypaced the movie never flags but everything pitches along perfectlytowards the inevitable but agreeable conclusion (it also keeps itselfto a restrained 90 minutes, which seems increasingly unusual amongmodern movies). Cusack is, as always, utterly adorable, with more sexappeal than 100 Brad Pitts. A little bit of perfect escapism.
Jonathan Trager and Sara Thomas met while shopping for gloves in New York. Though buying for their respective lovers, the magic was right and a night of Christmas shopping turned into romance. Jon wanted to explore things further but Sara wasn't sure their love was meant to be. They decided to test fate by splitting up and seeing if destiny brought them back together... Many years later, having lost each other that night, both are engaged to be married. Still, neither can shake the need to give fate one last chance to reunite them. Jon enlists the help of his best man to track down the girl he can't forget starting at the store where they met. Sara asks her new age musician fiance for a break before the wedding and, with her best friend in tow, flies from California to New York hoping destiny will bring her soulmate back. Near-misses and classic Shakespearean confusion bring the two close to meeting a number of times but fate will have the final word on whether it was meant to be.