Serendipity (2001)

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Corrected entry: When Sara is running through Chinatown during heavy rain, she is wearing a blouse that exposes her belly button. However, in the scene right before in which she sees her fiance perform, her blouse covers those areas. (00:33:20)

Correction: It only exposes her stomach as she's reaching up, holding her bag over her head, which lifts the material.

Corrected entry: When Sarah is returning to SF on a 747, she produces a wallet to fork over the money for a movie. She discovers that she's switched identical wallets with her friend (creating a key plot moment)... but how did she get on the airplane without her own identification, which is inside her own wallet? (01:12:30)

Correction: Sarah is a British woman living in America - it stands to reason she would carry a Passport. Ergo, it is very possible that she uses her passport as her primary ID. A passport would be too large for her wallet and would be kept elsewhere.

Corrected entry: Toward the end of the film, in Central Park, Sarah looks up in the night sky, sees the constellation Cassiopeia and realizes Jonathan is her man. But unless there's a blackout, stars are not visible in New York City. The city lights blot them out completely.

Correction: This is the most absurd thing I've ever read - I live in NYC and I can definitely see stars on clear nights. Whether or not Cassiopeia is viewable during that season, I don't know. But you can definitely see stars in NYC.

Corrected entry: Toward the end, John Cusack returns to the rink and finds the leather jacket. That jacket had been there since much earlier that day when Sara sat there. In New York's Central Park, that jacket would not have lasted more than 15 mins before being stolen. (01:07:20 - 01:20:05)

Correction: This is not really a mistake. The fact that the jacket was still there for John Cusack to find, is just another sign that they are destined to be together.

Corrected entry: When Kate Beckinsale is running through the rain and stops for a cigarette next to the Cool Hand Luke poster, watch her mouth closely. She takes out a cigarette, lights a match, and as she brings the match up she clearly blows it out, then acts annoyed, like the wind did it. (00:34:50)

Correction: She doesn't visibly blow the match out, she is pursing her lips around the cigarette to suck on it to get it lit.

Corrected entry: In the scene where John Cusack's character is walking down a very crowded NY sidewalk, he is thinking a long monologue. If you look to the right of the screen there is a man mouthing every word to John's "thoughts". It is quite hilarious.

Correction: I have looked for this over and over, and cannot find it. All I have ever found is a bunch of people around him talking on their cell phones, but no one is mouthing his thoughts.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jonathan is lying in the middle of the rink, there is a shot of his face as he looks up and sees Sara. The rink around him is covered in snow. There is a long shot of him as he stands up, and there is no snow whatsoever.

Correction: Shortly before this, there was a shot that showed Jonathan holding the glove and sitting up. The camera changes angles during this shot and the snow visible on the ground almost disappears because of the glare on the ground - one continuous shot, mind. The later shot referred to in the mistake also suffers from this same glare, but we know from the earlier shot that there the snow can be covered by this light. Even during the later shot, snow can be seen falling to the ground and apparently disappearing. Just a trick of the light.


Corrected entry: In the final scene, Jonathan lies his head on Sara's jacket in the middle of the skating rink. But when he stands up after catching the glove and turns and sees her, the jacket is gone.

Correction: The jacket is still there at his feet, just not visible due to shadows and the dark fabrics.


Corrected entry: The actual average "shelf life" of a piece of U.S. paper currency is about 18 months. But the action in this movie is supposed to take place over a few years. During that time, the $5.00 bill with Jon's name and number on it almost certainly would have been pulled from circulation and destroyed due to normal wear and tear; in fact, if it ended up in a bank's inventory and the "mutilation" were discovered, it almost certainly would have been pulled even sooner.

Correction: There are many explanations to this. The money really just needed to be out of circulation for some reason or another, for a while. I just recently sent out over three dozen bills back into circulation that I had had in a box for almost 10 years. And I also once found a $20.00 bill in the inside pocket of a fairly old jacket that I got at a thrift store. So, there are definitely ways that the bill could have remained/made back into circulation, and given the nature of the film it would have taken one of those routes.


Corrected entry: In the first flight scene, we see Eve and Sara taking off from San Francisco to go to New York city in a DC-9. A DC-9 has a range of about 1000 miles, which wouldn't even get half way across the country without running out of fuel.

Correction: There could have been a stop halfway that we were not shown. Not all flights are "non-stop".


Corrected entry: The constellation Cassiopeia is not over New York city all year round. In the movie it is shown both in Spring and Winter.

Correction: It is not shown in the winter time. Jonathan only traces the formation on Sara's arm, he doesn't point it out in the sky. Sara sees it in the sky in the spring time and realizes Jonathan was right when she matches the stars to her arm freckles.


Continuity mistake: The phone number Sara writes on Jonathan's back is different than the one she writes in the book. (00:11:50 - 01:04:50)

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Question: At the end of the movie when Jonathan is lying in the middle of the rink, you can see the skaters skating around him. However, everyone is wearing roller blades, not ice skates. I was under the impression that this was an ice skating rink, not a roller skating rink. Am I wrong about that, or is this another blooper?

Answer: It is not a movie mistake. The scenes were filmed at the Trump Skating Rink (formerly called the Wollman Rink) in New York City's Central Park. The arena has traditionally been used for multiple venues throughout the year including ice skating, roller skating, concerts, carnivals, etc.


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