Can once in a lifetime happen twice?
Can once in a lifetime happen twice?
D: Peter Chelsom
Miramax/Tapestry (Simon Fields, Peter Abrams & Robert L. Levy)
US 2001
90 mins


W: Marc Klein
DP: John de Borman
Ed: Christopher Greenbury
Mus: Alan Silvestri

John Cusack (Jonathan Trager), Kate Beckinsale (Sara Thomas), Molly Shannon (Eve), Jeremy Piven (Dean), John Corbett (Lars), Bridget Moynahan (Halley)

On a snowy New York night during the hustle-and-bustle of Christmas shopping, charming gentleman John Cusack coincidentally meets and falls in love with the beautiful and superstitious Kate Beckinsale. They part ways, but years later, as their respective marriages loom, they try to find each other again based on clues they left about each other's identity the night they met.
A whimsical and cheesy romantic comedy which is quite charming due to the chemistry of the two leads, but it does tend to play the random chance element to absolute death. Those who believe in the flights of fancy that it presents will find it enjoyable, while the remainder of the audience will just be left frustrated that they didn't just exchange telephone numbers in the first place.

Kate Beckinsale & John Cusack in Serendipity
Kate Beckinsale & John Cusack in Serendipity