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Bounce
Bounce
Actors: Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natasha Henstridge, Edward Edwards, Jennifer Grey
Director: Don Roos
Genres: Drama
PG-13     2001     1hr 46min

Buddy Amaral (Ben Affleck), a cocky, self-absorbed ad executive who--in desiring a tryst with the gorgeous Mimi (Natasha Henstridge), a woman he meets at the airport--gives up his plane ticket back to Los Angeles to writer...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natasha Henstridge, Edward Edwards, Jennifer Grey
Director: Don Roos
Creators: Don Roos, Alan C. Blomquist, Bob Osher, Bob Weinstein, Bobby Cohen, Harvey Weinstein, Meryl Poster
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance
Studio: Miramax
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/10/2001
Original Release Date: 11/15/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 11/15/2000
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 24
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Richard C. from NORWALK, OH
Reviewed on 1/13/2016...
Enjoyed this movie but it had several coincidencesm that made it hard to believe. Both actors did expected good acting.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 1/3/2015...
I really liked this movie. I don't know what I would have done in the same situation.
Amy F. (famous)
Reviewed on 12/28/2009...
I thought this was a great movie. I enjoyed watching it.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Rob L. (RobNJo) from HOUSTON, TX
Reviewed on 11/2/2009...
The disc of bonus material is fun. Gwyneth and Ben go behind the scenes on the set to interview various people who make the production possible.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

SOMBER ROMANCE
Nick Gonnella | 03/12/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"While waiting in an airport, Buddy Amarol (Ben Affleck) meets Greg Janello (Tony Goldwyn) a writer. The two men get to talking, and it becomes clear, Greg, wants to get home to see his wife, and kids. Buddy, scheming to have a one-night-stand with Mimi (Natasha Henstridge), also hanging around the airport, decides to be a "nice" guy, and give his plane ticket to Greg.Buddy is stirred out of sleep by sirens, he quickly turns on the television to find out the plane he was supposed to be on has crashed, killing all the passengers.Tormented by what has happened, Buddy turns to booze, eventually landing him in rehab. Once sober, Buddy sets out to meet Abby (Gwyneth Paltrow), the wife of Greg. After a brief stalking period, the two actually talk and begin falling in love. But all is not so perfect for this couple, as a videotape of Buddy and Greg at the airport surfaces, throwing Abby into a state of wonder, and confusion."Bounce" is not the cute movie the trailer's depicted, but actually a dark love story, that is somewhat creepy. Affleck, and Paltrow are likable in their roles, and they do work well together, but it isn't enough to carry the whole movie.If there is nothing else to watch, "Bounce" will pass the time, but many will come away from the film disappointed.Nick Gonnella"
Ben And Gwyneth Get It Right
Reviewer | 11/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A tragic brush with fate sets a man on a road to self awareness and discovery that drastically alters his perception of himself and the world in which he lives, in "Bounce," directed by Don Roos and starring Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow. In Chicago on business, waiting at the airport for a flight back to L.A. just before Christmas, Advertising Exec/salesman Buddy Amaral (Affleck) gives his ticket to a man he's met that evening in the lounge, Greg Janello (Tony Goldwyn), who's just been bumped from his flight. A writer, in Chicago for the opening (and sadly, the closing) of one of his plays, Janello has a wife, Abby (Gwyneth Paltrow), and two kids waiting for him at home, and is grateful for Buddy's apparent random act of kindness. Far from being a benevolent gesture, however, Buddy's motives are purely self-serving, and have to do with another passenger, Mimi (Natasha Henstridge), who's also been bumped and who has been given accommodations for the night by the airline. It seems that everything has worked out well for all concerned, until later that night, when the news breaks that the plane carrying Janello has crashed somewhere in Kansas, and that there are no survivors. For Buddy, who should have been on that plane, it's an awakening; and for probably the first time in his life he is forced to look inward. And he doesn't like what he finds. His confrontation with the demons within ultimately leads him to Abby Janello, and another unexpected turn in his life. Director Roos has created a richly textured drama that is both captivating and credible; the story is well written (by Roos), developed with precision and expertly paced, which makes it all entirely believable. Much more than a simple love story, it's about a man forced to confront what he sees in the mirror, and how he must cope with what he finds there; and about a young woman with two children, suddenly widowed, who must come to grips with an unsure future while dealing with such a devastating loss. What follows is an examination of a relationship forged by fate and born of need; a fragile, precarious situation at best. And what makes this film so good is the gradual way the relationship between Buddy and Abby is formed, neither hurried nor forced, with a couple of truly poignant moments along the way. And it all rings true, courtesy of a great script, Roos directing and the engaging performances of the stars. Affleck brings real depth to his character, and most importantly, a sense of true sincerity that makes him real; he illuminates Buddy's imperfections to perfection. And Paltrow is absolutely disarming as Abby; gentle and vulnerable to a fault, winsomely charming, and beautifully played. Also, there is a definite chemistry between Paltrow and Affleck that cannot be denied. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Grey (Mrs. Guererro), Joe Morton (Jim), David Paymer (Prosecution Lawyer), Alex D. Linz (Scott) and Johnny Galecki. A touching, memorable movie, "Bounce" is a reflection on the journey of life we all must take; and it makes you realize that it's something you have to work at. It's a film that makes you stop to reconsider choices made in the past, while recognizing that in the end, perhaps love and happiness is the bonus for doing it right."
Would you fly on an outfit named "Infinity Air"?
Hinkle Goldfarb | R.R. 1 Highway 162, Butte City, California | 03/28/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Why not just go ahead and call it "Crash and Burn Air"? That would fit right in with the general quality of the plot and the writing (not to mention the male lead's acting).

Plot and writing. Look, as I've mentioned before in a different context, one coincidence is a great plot device: a young man sees a woman about to throw herself into the ocean and saves her; a cop sees a murder suspect walking down the street; an Army private who later becomes an officer finds out his first sergeant is his old drill instructor. Great. Pile on the coincidences though, and what you have is nothing more than lazy and unfocused writing. Such is the case here. SPOILER ALERT. Affleck's Buddy Amaral not only switches places with Gwyneth Paltrow's loving husband* on a flight that crashes, but he's involved in the airline's business AND there just happens to be a video of Amaral with the loving husband that just happens to appear at a crucial moment.

This movie does not do service to the "from airplane disaster to romance" genre. About the only thing to its credit is the unlikely achievement of making "Random Hearts" look good.

* I'm assuming Greg Janello is a loving husband. If you were married to Gwyneth Paltrow, wouldn't *you* be loving?"