Serendipity

Cast
Jon Trager: John Cusack
Sara Thomas: Kate Beckinsale
Eve: Molly Shannon
Dean Kansky: Jeremy Piven
Lars Hammond: John Corbett
Miramax Films presents a film directed by Peter Chelsom. Written by Marc Klein. Running time: 95 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for a scene of sexuality, and brief language).

Central Theme
In a world where there are no accidents and everything happens for a reason, you should trust your romantic life to the hands of fate, which in time will deliver to you the one person with whom you were meant to spend your life.

Story
Jon and Sara meet quite by accident in New York while each is on a last minute Christmas shopping spree trying to buy Bloomingdale’s one last pair of cashmere gloves. Negotiations for the gloves and an immediate attraction lead to conversation at a coffee shop named Serendipity. Sara explains she loves the name, although she does not believe in ‘fortunate accidents’ but thinks fate is behind everything. A few more ‘accidents’ that evening bring them closer to the realization that what they are experiencing is very special and perhaps is fate drawing them to their one true soul mate. This view is complicated by the fact that each is already involved in a romantic entanglement. Deciding to place their future in fate’s hands, Jon writes his name and phone number on a five-dollar bill which Sara immediately spends on gum, Sara writes her name on the inside cover of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel which she sells to a used book store. If that five-dollar bill ever returns to her or Jon finds the used book, fate has declared they should be together. Fast forward a few years later…Sara, skeptical about the role of fate in her romantic life, is about to be married in San Francisco. Jon’s wedding is days away in New York. Both inexplicably find themselves longing for the connection with the soul mate whose name is circulating unfound on a five-dollar bill and used book. Like Sleepless in Seattle and Bridget Jone’s Diary, Serendipity reflects a 21st century longing for evidence that life is not purposeless, that there is a kind will (fate), that there is a soul mate just right for you and, in finding that person, your life will make sense. Most reviewers rightly describe this as a really sappy movie that shouldn’t have worked, but for some reason does. Maybe it was meant to be.

Beliefs num
–There are no accidents.
–Everything happens for a purpose.
–There is a soul mate for you in the universe.
–You need to possess faith in fate’s exquisite sublime plan for your life.
–A meaningful life is a life lived with passion.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Do you believe in fate?
–Do you believe there is a soul mate for you in the universe?
–Is there just one?
–Why is the theme of fate and destiny so popular in contemporary culture?
–Is it fate or God that wills events in the universe?
–Do you trust your life to fate or God?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Do you believe in fate?
==Sara to Jon
–There are no accidents.
==Sara to Jon
–This is wrong. You don’t have the most incredible night of your life and just leave it to chance do you?
==Jon to Sara
–Serendipity its one of my favorite words, it’s such a nice sound for what it means, a fortunate accident. Except I don’t really believe in accidents, I think fate is behind everything.
==Sara to Jon
–We make our own decision but fate sends us little signs, and it’s how we read the signs that determines whether we’re really happy or not.
==Sara to Jon
–That was a sign. Fate is telling us to back off.
==Sara to Jon
–If fate doesn’t want us to be together then why did we meet tonight? What if it is all in our hands and we just walk away, no names, no phone numbers? Do you think good ole fate’s going to deliver my information right to your doorstep?
==Jon to Sara
–If we’re meant to meet again, we will.
==Sara to Jon, as they part
–They say that once in your lifetime a person comes along who you are absolutely meant to be with. For my friend that someone is me.
==Dean, Jon’s best man’s humorous speech at the rehearsal dinner
–I think it is dangerous to use the term soul mate. It implies there’s some magical element that we have no control over like fate or destiny. Holding onto beliefs like that keeps us from doing the real work.
==Sara, to client seeking her counsel
–I’m thinking about this guy I met a million hours ago. It’s possible that I threw the whole thing away.
==Sara to best friend
–Jonathan died of complications from losing his soul mate and his fiance — He never looked the part of a hopeless romantic, but in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden, quasi-Jungian side of his persona surfaced during his Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long reputed soul mate — Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences, but rather it is a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite sublime plan — ultimately Jonathan concluded if we are to live in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a faith in what the ancients used to call fatum or what we call destiny.
==Dean’s mock obituary to Jon
–You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question when he died, ‘Did he have passion?’
==Dean, on why he respects Jon’s quest for Sara
–When love feels like magic you call it destiny, when destiny has a sense of humor you call it serendipity.
==Narrator, in promotional film trailer

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