Serendipity: A Must-See Holiday Film for the Hopelessly Romantic

Serendipity is a so-beautiful-it-makes-you-cry kind of romance. 14 years after its cinematic release, the unabashedly romantic tale of two strangers falling in love over a pair of cashmere gloves still holds up – no wonder Netflix has added it to its winter content. Read on to find out why you should stream it this Christmas and what the eponymous Café Serendipity looks like from inside.

Serendipity (2001): Directed by Peter Chelsom; running-time 90mins; starring John Cusack (High Fidelity), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld),  Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold from Entourage), Bridget Moynaghan (The Recruit), John Corbett (oh my God it’s AIDAN!!!), Eugene Levy (Jim’s Dad from American Pie).

What’s it about? A few days before Christmas,  Jonathan and Sara find themselves reaching for the same pair of black cashmere gloves – the last of its kind – at Bloomingdale’s in New York. Although they are both in relationships, Jonathan and Sara feel a strange connection and decide to spend the rest of the day together. But when the piece of paper with Jonathan’s phone number gets blown away, Sara starts to doubt whether they should act on their affection for each other. She suggests they test whether fate will bring them together again by writing down her number in a book and selling it to a used bookshop while Jonathan puts his digits down on a five dollar bill and spending it immediately afterwards.

What’s it really about? One of life’s biggest questions: is finding love merely a fortunate coincidence, or does the universe have a bigger plan for us, to eventually unite us with the one?

Pick if:

  • You’re looking for a lesser known Christmas movie
  • You like films such as When Harry met Sally and A lot like love
  • You’re feeling hopelessly romantic and want to watch a movie on your own, with your friends, your partner, or your family
  • You don’t mind cliché meet cutes
  • You enjoy contemplating whether our life has already been mapped out for us and everything that happens to us is fate
  • You like a good throwback to the early 2000s – gotta love those bell bottom jeans Kate Beckinsale is rocking
  • You’ve always wanted to experience Christmas time in New York
  • Or perhaps you already have in which case this will make you feel all kinds of nostalgic

Most memorable scene: A few days before his wedding to Halley (Bridget Moynaghan), Jonathan can’t stop thinking about Sara, even though it’s been years since their serendipitous encounter at Bloomingdale’s. So his best friend Dean encourages him to go looking for her, if not to simply put his mind to rest and get the idea of her out of his system.

Most memorable quote: “He secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan.”- Dean

Where can I watch? Netflix Germany, UK, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Brazil, and Canada.

On location: Inside the real café Serendipity

I was fortunate enough to be able to experience Christmas time in New York when I interned in the city that never sleeps in 2014. A few weeks before Christmas, my roommates and I went to see the first holiday windows and stopped at Serendipity for a hot chocolate.

Inside Café Serendipity
Café Serendipity is a real hub for dreamers

Inside Café Serendipity
Serendipity’s specialty: Frozen Hot Chocolate
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