Kate & Leopold / Serendipity

Kate & Leopold / Serendipity

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Director: James Mangold, Peter Chelsom

Cast: James Mangold, Peter Chelsom, John Cusack, Meg Ryan

     
 
After the long-delayed Town and Country, director Peter Chelsom turns in his second 2001 effort with this love-at-first-sight romantic comedy that revolves around fate, destiny, and chance. Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) are two New Yorkers already in relationships when they meet one another, each reaching for the last pair of cashmere gloves

Overview

After the long-delayed Town and Country, director Peter Chelsom turns in his second 2001 effort with this love-at-first-sight romantic comedy that revolves around fate, destiny, and chance. Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) are two New Yorkers already in relationships when they meet one another, each reaching for the last pair of cashmere gloves at a department store. Over coffee, they strike up an intimate conversation, and Jonathan thinks they should see each other again. Unconvinced, Sara arranges an elaborate series of "fate" games; if they're meant to be together, she reasons, she and Jonathan will receive some sort of sign in the future. Flash forward several years, and the two are at opposite ends of the country -- Jonathan in New York and Sara in San Francisco, both engaged to be married. Still, neither can shake the memory of their chance encounter, and they both enlist their best friends (Molly Shannon and Jeremy Piven) to help them find their true love again. Serendipity had its Gala World Premiere at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Is there really such a thing as a benevolent destiny that will eventually reunite true soul mates separated by time and distance? That’s the question posed by Serendipity, a whimsical romance graced with ingenious scripting and charming performances. It begins at Christmastime in a New York department store, where John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale meet by chance -- while shopping for their "significant others" -- and are immediately attracted to each other. After spending a romantic evening together, they reluctantly part, secretly hoping that fate will reunite them some day. Director Peter Chelsom (Town and Country) devotes the remainder of the film to rendering believable a series of remarkable coincidences intended to facilitate that reunion. Cusack and Beckinsale are appropriately appealing as the would-be lovers, although they’re very nearly overshadowed by Jeremy Piven and Molly Shannon, who are hilarious as their respective best friends. Eugene Levy contributes a scene-stealing turn as a prissy store clerk, but perhaps the best supporting character is New York City, reasserting itself as the nation’s most romantic city. Serendipity sometimes strains credulity with its outrageous plot contrivances, but this bewitching little film celebrates everything that’s kinder and gentler about us -- and for that alone deserves to be seen again and again. The DVD offers Chelsom commentary on both the full-length movie and deleted scenes; other bonus features include an Encore "On the Set" documentary, the director’s own "production diary," storyboard-to-film comparisons, and an extensive photo gallery.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
UPC:
0786936744125
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:29:00

Special Features

Kate & Leopold:; Two versions of the movie: original theatrical version and the director's cut; Feature commentary; "On the Set" featurette; Deleted scenes with commentary; Photo gallery; Costume featurette; Sting "Until" music video; ; Serendipity:; Feature commentary track; Behind-the-scenes Starz Encore "On the Set"; Peter Chelsom's production diary; Deleted scenes with commentary; Still gallery; Storyboard comparisons; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kate & Leopold
1. Opening Credits: "Born With Everything"
2. A Suspicious Fellow
3. Telling Kate the Truth
4. "Where Am I?"
5. Bart Needs a Walk
6. Exploring Inventions
7. Keeping an Eye on Leopold
8. "Fresh Creamery Butter"
9. A Chivalrous Pursuit
10. Who's the Merry Andrew Now?
11. Humbling the Braggart
12. Cleaning up the Mess
13. An Exquisite Evening
14. Rhythm & Nostalgia
15. "Peddling Pond Scum"
16. Feeling Time
17. The Pretzel of Time
18. A Future in the Past
19. End Credits
1. Opening Credits: "Born With Everything"
2. A Suspicious Fellow
3. Telling Kate the Truth
4. "Where Am I?"
5. Bart Needs a Walk
6. Exploring Inventions
7. Keeping an Eye on Leopold
8. "Fresh Creamery Butter"
9. A Chivalrous Pursuit
10. Who's the Merry Andrew Now?
11. Humbling the Braggart
12. Cleaning up the Mess
13. An Exquisite Evening
14. Rhythm & Nostalgia
15. "Peddling Pond Scum"
16. Feeling Time
17. The Pretzel of Time
18. A Future in the Past
19. End Credits
Disc #2 -- Serendipity
1. Opening Credits: "A Fortunate Accident" [2:45]
2. Astrological Freckles [2:45]
3. Forwarding Fate [5:44]
4. A Toast to Soulmates [3:23]
5. Magical Elements [5:51]
6. Searching for Sara [3:39]
7. "Mr. Good-Enough-for-Right-Now" [4:03]
8. Good Salesmanship [5:40]
9. "One Last Fling" [3:50]
10. Tracking Down Destiny [3:15]
11. Signs and Clues [3:39]
12. The Groom's Gift [6:32]
13. "Everything Happens for a Reason" [9:53]
14. "Is It Over?" [8:23]
15. "An, Exquisite, Sublime Plan" [3:55]
16. End Credits [4:23]

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