Best for: Couples who want a romantic date movie
What it’s about: Just before Christmas, twentysomething Jonathan (John Cusack) meets Sara (Kate Beckinsale) in a department store and it’s love at first sight. Sara believes in destiny and through a quirky set of circumstances and twist of fate (and timing), they end up losing each other. Ten years later, two fiancées, and 3,000 miles between them, a few circumstances bring the two together again in an unusual way. John Corbett, Eugene Levy, Jeremy Piven, Molly Shannon also star.
The good: This is a cleverly written, modern day love story using funny scenarios, interesting characters and a storyline that relies on the premise of fate to create fairytale romance magic. Anyone and everyone who’s ever dated can relate to the popular belief that when love is “meant to be”, nothing can stand in it’s way. There is no faith or heavenly intercession in this story, instead it strictly relies on quirky serendipitous situations to create the happy ending. This light-hearted, romantic story doesn’t rely on sexual situations or heavy issues to create the chemistry, but instead, uses the simple things in life to confirm true love. The not-so-good: Although the main characters don’t engage in any sexual situations, one brief scene shows a sexual situation seen through a window.