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Director: Don Roos

Cast: Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joe Morton


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In this romantic comedy-drama, two people whose lives were touched by the same tragedy find love. Buddy Amaral (Ben Affleck) is a successful L.A. advertising executive who has a way with the ladies, but inside he longs for a meaningful long-term relationship. One day Buddy sells his seat on a sold-out airline flight to a stranger; he's shocked when the jet crashes and


In this romantic comedy-drama, two people whose lives were touched by the same tragedy find love. Buddy Amaral (Ben Affleck) is a successful L.A. advertising executive who has a way with the ladies, but inside he longs for a meaningful long-term relationship. One day Buddy sells his seat on a sold-out airline flight to a stranger; he's shocked when the jet crashes and the man is killed. A year later, still haunted by the incident, Buddy looks up Abby Janello (Gwyneth Paltrow), the victim's widow, who is now selling real estate to support her children. Buddy soon finds himself attracted to Abby, and the feeling is mutual, but while he's interested in marriage, he isn't sure how (or if) he should tell her that he was indirectly responsible for her husband's death. Bounce was written and directed by Don Roos, who made a splash with his independent debut The Opposite of Sex; supporting Affleck and Paltrow are Natasha Henstridge, Jennifer Grey, David Paymer, and Joe Morton.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An old-fashioned movie romance dressed up with contemporary attitudes and an ironic twist, Bounce is a pleasant starring vehicle for its glamorous young stars, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck. She's a recently widowed mom, toiling in the commercial real-estate market to put bread on the table. He's a brash, callow salesman who purchases a property from her and uses the business transaction as an excuse to date her. But Ben has a guilty secret: He switched airline tickets with Gwyneth's husband, who died in Ben's assigned seat when the plane crashed. Trying to put a fresh spin on that rather hoary plot complication might've undone a lesser filmmaker, but writer-director Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex) reveals himself more than equal to the challenge. He handles hokey situations in a disarmingly offhanded way and is further aided by Paltrow and Affleck, former off-screen lovers, whose obvious chemistry coats the whole enterprise with a patina of believability. As a result, Bounce is almost guaranteed to draw tears from all but the most cynical viewers. The DVD adds audio commentaries by Roos, Paltrow, Affleck, and producer Bobby Cohen; it also includes deleted scenes and bloopers.
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Igniting rumors that their on-again, off-again relationship was back on, Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow paired up for this above-average love story that toys with issues of fate and destiny. The two stars had become sickeningly cutesy and larger than life when this film was released, which may have turned audiences away from what should have been a box-office hit. But Bounce finds both performers toning down their personas and coming across as vulnerable and loveable, which is the key to its surprising charm. Paltrow is especially affecting as the widow Abby Janello, seen a year after the disaster, using defense mechanisms and a fragile supply of self-confidence to get her life back on track. Once the tragedy knocks the simpering smile from Affleck's face, he too is just trying to survive in his new guilt-ridden existence. The movie succumbs too often to plot contrivances that are beneath it. The most egregious is Affleck's teary courtroom apologia near the end, a self-indulgence that no judge would tolerate, which also happens to be aired live on Court TV so Abby can watch it. Johnny Galecki, who appeared in writer/director Don Roos' previous film, The Opposite of Sex, is also out of place as an insubordinate assistant who mocks Buddy's alcoholism, but ends up serving as sort of a guardian angel to him. Still, the stars make Bounce more than watchable.

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Miramax Lionsgate
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Feature commentary track with writer/director Don Roos and co-producer Bobby Cohen; Deleted scenes with commentary; Gag reel; "Need to be Next to You" music video; "All About Bounce"; Ben and Gwyneth go behind the scenes; Additional scene-specific commentary with director Don Roos and actors Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Buddy Amaral
Gwyneth Paltrow Abby Janello
Joe Morton Jim Weller
Natasha Henstridge Mimi
Tony Goldwyn Greg Janello
David Paymer Actor
Johnny Galecki Seth
Alex D. Linz Scott Janello
David Dorfman Joey Janello
Jennifer Grey Janice Guerrero
Caroline Aaron Donna Heisen
Don Amendolia Infinity Attorney
Julia Campbell Sue
Edward Edwards Ron Wachter
Jeff Garlin Emcee
Michael Laskin Frank Steadman
John Levin Janice's Attorney
David McCharen Narrator, Infinity Air Commercial
Sam Robards Todd Exner
Nicole Tocantins Dionne
Julianne Christie Zola
Matthew Frauman Luke
Thea Mann Karen
Lisa Joyner TV Announcer
Juan Garcia Kevin Walters
Scott Alan Smith Jack
Lisa Carpenter Prewitt Carol Wilson
Richard Saxton CNN Reporter
Mary Ellen Lyon Ellen Seitz
Ty Murphy Sam Edwards
Ashley Montgomerey Prom Girl
Eric Aude Prom Boy
Mark Ankeny Tom
Michael Ayala Court TV Reporter
David St. James Judge
Chris Harrison Chicago Anchor

Technical Credits
Don Roos Director,Screenwriter
Paul Babin Camera Operator
Michael Besman Producer
Alan C. Blomquist Co-producer
Dan Bradford Art Director
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
David Codron Editor
Bobby Cohen Co-producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Steve Golin Producer
Sharon Klein Casting
Tom McComas Stunts
Peter Mitchell Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Osher Executive Producer
Michele Panelli-Venetis Asst. Director
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Natalie Richards Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Rush Casting
Soundstorm Sound Editor
David Wasco Production Designer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bounce
1. Opening/All For You [10:01]
2. "Do Not Cry!" [8:25]
3. Infinity Mourns [5:50]
4. "No-Episode Clause" [4:15]
5. Making Amends [5:49]
6. "10 Days Off the Gum" [2:51]
7. League of Her Own [9:26]
8. Dodgers and Grilled Cheese [4:02]
9. "It's Not Brave If You're Not Scared" [4:10]
10. Last Call of the Day [7:52]
11. Gracious Gentleman [5:15]
12. Bouncing Back [3:59]
13. Wonderful Day [5:28]
14. Say Goodbye [7:00]
15. Selling Trees [2:23]
16. Fearless Flyer [9:28]
17. Starting Over [4:57]
18. End Credits [:39]


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Bounce 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow were awesome in this movie, but I think the whole story went very slow. It was too predictable and I'm sure that everyone who has watched this movie knew what was going to happen next, but it all happened incredibly slow. I lost my interest for it very quickly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie. I was expecting a light romantic comedy and found myself watching a movie about the human condition. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago