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Serendipity Starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale - Movie Review

Updated on May 5, 2018
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Amelia has been writing online articles for over 10 years, and has self-published several books. She loves writing fiction and non-fiction.

Serendipity - Introduction

Serendipity is my all-time favorite John Cusack movie. I have always been a fan of John Cusack ever since I saw him in The Sure Thing. Serendipity is a wonderful and magical romantic comedy. I find it fun to watch and overall, one of my favorite movies, not only because of the storyline, but also because of the many stars in the film, and the ongoing great scenes throughout the movie.

John Cusack

John Cusack
John Cusack | Source

Actors in the Movie

Jonathan Trager played by John Cusack

Sara Thomas played by Kate Beckinsale

Dean Kansky played by Jeremy Piven

Halley Buckanan played by Bridget Moynahan

Lars Hammand played by John Corbett

Eve played by Molly Shannon

Saleman played by Eugene Levy

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale | Source


Serendipidy stars John Cusack, as Jonathan Trager, and Kate Beckinsale, as Sara Thomas. They accidentally meet in Bloomingdale’s and have some magical moments. Romance is definitely in the air. But because both of them have mates, they wonder if they should pursue things any further. Leaving it up to chance, they part, and it makes you wonder if and when they will meet again. It will be up to fate and destiny to bring them together.

Through the course of the movie, they move forward in their lives, but have doubts about who they are to marry. They begin reminiscing about the past, and what could have been, or what can be. Both of them them set out to find the other, hoping to meet again to determine if they are really meant for each other.

Favorite Movie Scenes

The Wedding Rehearsal:

One of my favorite scenes is the wedding rehearsal, when John Cusack’s role, Jonathan Trager, is physically there, but mentally, he is thinking about something else, and someone else. Haley, his fiancee, notices that Jonathan seems to be preoccupied with something. She tells him that he seems to have floated off in never-never land. The camera zooms in with close-ups of visitors smiling with a “bing” bell ringing every time they show another face, and another person smiling, and it is pretty funny.

However, Haley knows something is wrong, and she has every right to be upset and worried, since they are supposed to get married the next day. She asks him to let go of whatever it is that he’s holding on to. Then she gives him a gift – a special gift. It is the book, Love in the Time of Cholera. For anyone who has not seen this movie, all I will say is that there is something very important written on the inside – a link to his soulmate. It is an important part of the movie, so I won’t give too much away. Here’s a trailer with this scene:

There are many coincidences in the movie, and one by one, they provide pieces of a puzzle that ultimately fit together. For movie buffs, especially those John Cusack fans out there, there is a scene where Sara is sitting on a bench with her fiancée, Lars, and they are looking at the stars…she realizes that she sees the star constellation, Cassiopeia, and coincidentally, John Cusack talks about this in the movie, The Sure Thing. Coincidence? Just interesting to me because I love both movies.

The 5-Dollar Bill:

Another critical scene in the movie is when Sara is on a plane, ready to leave New York City, and she realizes that she has her friend’s wallet…she looks inside and there is a 5-dollar bill with yet another clue – there is something written on it and it is a link to her soulmate.

There are many more scenes in the movie that are worth watching. I actually love every scene in the movie, as well as the songs and music from the movie.

Fate…Destiny, Do You Believe?

This movie makes you want to believe in fate and destiny. It is filled with lots of special moments that make you wonder if the law of the attraction truly brings two people together. It reminds me of The Secret in that respect because the more Jonathan’s character seeks to find his soulmate, the more Sara seeks to find hers.

The Secret
The Secret

This is the original Law of Attraction video called "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne which explains and teaches how you can manifest good things in your life through the magnetic power of your thoughts.


Serendipity Movie

Serendipity - Destiny_with a sense of humor
Serendipity - Destiny_with a sense of humor

If you're looking for an excellent romantic comedy, look no further. This movie is one you can watch over and watch again, because there are so many scenes which are amusing, delightful, romantic and just plain fun to watch. And the lineup of awesome actors is incredible. I especially love the friendship between John Cusack's character (Jonathan) and Jeremy Piven's character (Dean). The chemistry between Jonathan and Sara is undeniable. Another character I love is Molly Shannon as Eve. She was hilarious! And John Corbett as Lars, and Bridget (iRobot and Blue Bloods ) Moyanhan is fantastic as Halley. I can't say enough about how much I love this movie!



The movie definitely keeps you at the edge of your seat. In the tradition of the “The Secret” and the Law of Attraction, it shows you how two people, who are searching for each other, inadvertently send signals out into the universe, which sends signs and clues to each other. It’s up to Jonathan and Sara to decide if they should move on with lives, or risk everything to find each other. I would rate this movie 10 our 10 stars.

The movie soundtrack is awesome and is one of my favorite collection of songs from a movie.  One of my favorite songs is “Waiting in Vain” by Annie Lennox. Below are some trailers including some songs...enjoy!

© 2011 Amelia Griggs


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    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      8 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks for your comment, duprey. Yes, one of my favorites and I can continue watching it over and over!




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      8 years ago from Menifee, CA

      This is my favorite movie as well!

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      8 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks for your comment, Cogerson. I liked that scene too...the wording and how John Cusack was walking in the park reading the it...and how Jeremy Piven's character wrote it...just an overall great scene!

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      Good favorite part of the movie is the obituary at the end...classic Jeremy Piven....I did a hub on all of Cusack movies and Serendipity finished 12th...with The Sure Thing finishing 14th....voted up and useful


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