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Still shot from the movie: Serendipity.


When Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) and Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) both reach for the last pair of black cashmere gloves at Bloomingdale's during the Christmas rush, Jon is convinced this is the start of a wonderful introductory offer. But Sara thinks fate should decide if they are meant for each other, so the pair exchange contact info in a way that will insure only destiny will allow them to access. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 90
Theater Release: 05 Oct 2001
Video Release: 09 Apr 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Serendipity Rated PG-13?

Overall: C+

Those seeking a romance where the best surprise is no surprise, will fall in love with Serendipity. Others looking for the least little turn in the road will find counting their popcorn to be more exciting. As for the teen female crowd, there’s no doubt they’ll love the premise, but parents may be cool to a few sexual banters and an unnecessary depiction of sexual activity.

Violence: B+

Woman falls when skating, scratches arm. Father, son, and another man briefly stuck in elevator. Man threatens and tries to bribe salesclerk. Music video shows Viking characters with swords. Men tussle with each other in several scenes. Dog knocks man over. Woman hit with golf ball on two occasions (no serious injury inflicted). Characters make mocking remarks about New Age philosophies.

Sexual Content: C-

Affectionate kisses exchanged between friends shown on several occasions. Man makes joke inferring woman getting sex change operation. Woman asks man about his favorite sexual position. Man jokes about woman’s intentions when she suggests they enter hotel. Man jokingly refers to being his male friend’s "first wife." Two engaged couples seen kissing a few times—at least one of these couples obviously living together. Woman talks to fiancé in a sensual way about getting undressed and into bed. Woman wears midriff revealing clothes. Man says woman sat on him, but meant she sat "for" him as artistic model. Woman infers two women may be lovers, to which one of the women jokes about her friend being lesbian (which they are not). Man talks about strippers being entertainment at pre-wedding party. Man and woman (secondary characters) obviously engaged in sex seen through window three brief times—both obviously naked, although we only see his back.

Language: C

At least: 6 moderate profanities, 10 mild profanities, and 8 terms of Deity used as profanities or expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B

Woman asks friend about man’s drunkenness. People drink alcohol in bar setting. Main character attempts to light cigarette. Two brief shots show man drinking beer. Woman holds beer bottle. Couple drinks champagne.

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