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Serendipity | 2001 | PG-13 | - 4.2.4

A man and woman (John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale), both of whom are romantically involved with others, meet in a department store and spend a glorious few hours together. They part, but are never able to forget each other. Fate continues to deliver signs that they belong together and they go through several adventures before they find each other again. Also with Jeremy Piven, John Corbett and Molly Shannon. [1:25]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - We see a man and woman nude through a window; they are kissing and swaying (we see his bare back and her bare shoulders and upper chest), she lies back on a sofa, and then we see him holding her panties (we don't see her at this point; the scene is brief). We see a woman sleeping and she has bare shoulders. A man and woman kiss romantically several times, a woman kisses a man on the cheek, a man kisses a woman on the arm. A man tells a woman he has a crush on her. There are a few sexual references: a conversation about a couple's sex life, a reference to having one last fling before getting married, an artist says "she sat on me" rather than "she sat for me." There are several homosexual references between two women and two men: A man massages a man's shoulders, a man makes a joke about being a man's first wife, two women are mistaken as being a couple, and a woman says "goodbye my lesbian lover" to another woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman is hit in the head by a golf ball and is smacked in the head by a golf club. A man grabs another man by the lapels and yells at him. A music video shows a group of men dressed like Vikings writhing in pain and falling to the ground (due to the sound of the music). A man dressed in a golf ball and tee costume is wrapped up in a dog's leash and falls to the ground. A man grabs a man's leg and is dragged on the ground. A woman trips and falls while ice skating and gets a scratch on her elbow. Some people argue over a pair of gloves in a store.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 6 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 10 mild obscenities, 8 religious exclamations.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fate and destiny, love, soulmates, extortion, privacy laws, New Age theories, mythological explanations.

MESSAGE - Leaving life to chance can leave you lonely and longing. If you want to improve yourself you must sometimes be content to be thought of as a fool.

(Note: This film takes place in New York; the WTC towers are not visible.)

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