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Serendipity will charm believers in soulmates

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This 2001 film is a timeless tale of soulmates and true love. The universe works in mysterious ways- there are no casual encounters.

Serendipity is a romantic comedy that will charm the hearts of those who believe the universe has set our soulmates. The movie was directed by Peter Chelsom and was released on October 5, 2001. It stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale as the two main characters, Jonathan and Sara. 


One day, two strangers, Jonathan and Sara, are in the department store Bloomingdale’s. They happen to want the same pair of gloves, so they banter a bit to make sure they can get them. As an act of kindness, Jonathan buys Sara the gloves. To repay him, Sara takes Johnathan to her favorite restaurant, Serendipity. They have an instant connection- love at first sight. Jonathan is anxious to get Sara’s name and phone number, but Sara believes in the idea of fate. 

Therefore, she has Johnathan write his name and phone number on the back of a five-dollar bill, and then goes to a newsstand and spends it. Then, she tells him she’s going to sell her copy of a book to a used book store- it has her name and number written inside. If the two are truly soulmates, then the book and bill will reappear back in each other’s lives. At one last attempt to get Sara to stay, Johnathan agrees to go into separate elevators. If they show up on the same floor, it’s fate. However, they ultimately lose each other. 

Ten years pass and both of their lives have changed. Sara is engaged, and Johnathan is getting married. They’re also living 3,000 miles away from each other, but have never forgotten about the night they spent together. Just when their lives are about to change, their trust in the universe suddenly gets stronger. Signs and redirections are thrown at them every which way, giving them hope that they will find each other once again. 

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Final Thoughts

This movie is a classic example of the idea of soulmates and fate. Someone who doesn’t believe in that will most likely not enjoy this movie. However, for the hopeless romantics and believers in destiny such as myself, this movie is truly heartwarming. I found myself giggling and smiling like an idiot while watching. 

It may be cliché and predictable, but it’s still a good movie for when you’re in a romantic mood, or just need a little hope. It was funny, heartwarming, and charming in every way, making it a classic romantic comedy to enjoy. On a cheesiness scale from 1 to 10, I would rate this movie 9 pieces of cheese 🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀.

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Katherine Albuquerque is a senior at Colonia High School and a second-year journalism student. People know her by her nickname, Katie. She’s a member of the Black Student Union and is a part of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Rho Kappa. Moreover, she enjoys volunteering as much as possible, since she loves giving back to the community. During her free time, you can find her listening to music, reading a book, hanging out with friends, and wondering where she’s going to travel to next. She hopes to have a career that allows her to go all over the world and discover new cultures. Albuquerque is enthusiastic about being an editor for The Declaration

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