Heart-warming, hilarious, romantic, and touching romance (by Catherine_Grace_Zeh)
BOUNCE, in my opinion, is a heart-warming, hilarious, romantic, and touching romance. If you ask me, the way that Buddy Ben Affleck and Abby Gwyneht Paltrow met was pure magic. This was because fate intervened. Plus, it was love at first sight. Some people have said that this is one of the worst movies they've ever seen, but I strongly disagree. This is a great movie with terrific performances from very talented actors and actresses. Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say, "This is a perfect movie to see with the one you love!" Now, in conclusion, to all you Ben Affleck <more>
or Gwyneth Paltrow fans that have not seen this heart-warming, hilarious, romantic, and touching romantic drama, I highly recommend it! When you see it, prepare to laugh and have a good time.
Well,this is a great movie. I don't really watch romantic movies very often,but this was very good! It was wonderfully acted no matter what some people say,and i only regret that i didn't get to see it when it was playing in theatres. Only maybe the female part of the audience would have enjoyed it more,if it had a little more romantic end,but still it is a great movie, which shows us how tough life can be sometimes,but in the end it really deserves to have a happy end.Two thumbs up!!!
Great acting, Great Writing, straight from life "literally" (by philmlips3)
I was very anxious to see this movie because I liked the premise fate etc. . Was I ever shocked to see a scene straight from my own life. You know the one: where Gwyneth as Abbey removes toilet paper as secretively as possible from the shoe of a girl dressed in a prom dress. It's that kind of scene that's built into a story so that you are able to see a "personally revealing" reaction from the character. In this case the message was that Abbey was kind-heartedly trying to keep the girl who was on a prom "special" date from being embarrassed.This same thing <more>
happened to me: Same kind of restaurant, girl was wearing the same color dress, Gwyneth even acted the same by nonchalantly swishing a strand of hair backward with her hand so as to camouflage her action hoping no one would notice. Only in my "real" scene someone did notice. There was a man, who could have been Roos himself, staring, absorbing every detail. I was a little uncomfortable but then not really.Anyway, if it was Roos then he is very, very good at absorbing every single detail. If it wasn't, then he is very, very good at identifying those universal experiences that must connect us all.
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 <more>
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. I rate this one 9/10.
Being with him is like making a choice. (by TedMichaelMor)
An intelligent, endearing film for grownup people, "Bounce" surprised me with convincing characters and an unusual but persuasive story. Writer/director Don Roos does his best screen writing with this film. He directs as if he had immense experience. Having outstanding actors, not only Gwyneth Palrow and Ben Affleck, but also supporting players, including Johnny Galecki and Natasha Henstridge cinches the film. The narrative develops slowly and naturally. The protagonists are fully round.Production values are consistently strong. I think cinematography by Robert Elswit and editing by <more>
David Codron are particularly understated and effective. Though a bit overstated for my taste, the score still sounded appropriate. It is almost an undertone. David Wasco's production design is intricate and self-effacing.Roger Ebert makes a sustainable and intelligent critique of the plot. I accept his argument to a point. Like him, I let it pass. I let it pass because the graduations in the unfolding of the narrative work in revealing characters about whom I learned to care—deeply.
Bounce: Quality Relationships and Characters. (by reedo-3)
The title would make one think of a jouncy, fun type 60's film, although the advertising and trailers prepare you for another experience. The relationships which develop between the characters as the film unfolds are much better developed than almost any new films being released in the year 2000. The acting is first rate, and you will find yourself caring about the central characters in the film. The main characters, both Oscar winners, may again be up for nominations along with the film. The children also do a good job in a difficult role. Caroline Aaron did a great job as Abby's <more>
friend and neighbor. Everyone should have someone like that nearby. A well crafted and moving film.
Whatever the tagline says, it's not fate! (by Gore_Won)
Many people will see this movie portray what is often described as fate, but it is ironic that the protagonist is an atheist. That's right: he does not believe in any god.I am glad to have caught the film on TV, even if I missed another program because I couldn't tune away from the channel. Yes, the acting of the two main characters was so strong, and they had so much chemistry together, that the sometimes predictable plot was more than made up for.We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to <more>
I didn't have the intention to watch this movie even though I'm a fan of Mrs. Paltrow.So I watched this unintentionally on a cold Tuesday morning. specifically at 9:00. I didn't regret.The movie deals with a huge natural tragedy that nobody could prevent from happening, and many events will focus around it including a love story, parenting, alcoholism, rehab, difficult job decisions, etc."Bound" is overall a great romantic comedy with a dramatic plot center so in my opinion this is a very clever romantic film.The performances are very good. I'm surprised with <more>
Affleck's performance; he does it very well as the depressed but successful young man. His facial expressions when talking about Greg's death are really convincing and help the movie's tone.Gwyneth Paltrow is as beautiful as ever and delivers a tender performance. I dug her dramatic moments, specially when she had to explain her sons about their dad's demise.I highly recommend this intelligent movie for those who like romantic drams.
Good Romance That Edited Out Best Scenes. (by jehaccess6)
I thought this film was a good effort. The exceedingly predictable ending did not impair the film.Gwyneth Paltrow was stunningly good in her role as 'Abby Janelo'. She appeared as herself with natural brown hair and no makeup. Most actresses would be too vain for this. I still remember a closeup of Raquel Welch in 'One Million B.C.'. She was playing a cave woman with enough eyeliner and lip gloss to stock a cosmetics counter. Anyway, Gwyneth's look was entirely convincing for a harried single working mother.Ben Affleck did alright as the bad 'Buddy' of the <more>
film's beginning, but didn't sell me as the remorseful 'Buddy' trying to do better and hold on to 'Abby'. Ben and Gwyneth had decent chemistry together, so that aspect held up for the length of the film. Ben had slightly less chemistry with the two child actors playing 'Abby's' children. His attachment to them was never quite credible.The director deleted some great material from the film. The scene where 'Mimi' and 'Abby' view the video tape from the Chicago airport meeting of 'Greg', 'Buddy', and 'Mimi' was too powerful to lose. The scene made 'Abby's' rejection of 'Buddy' much more credible.The deleted scene where 'Buddy' meets 'Janice' in Chicago right before they both testify in the trial was profound. 'Buddy' has tried to redeem himself by helping 'Abby', but he has destroyed 'Janice' by convincing her to board 'Greg' in violation of airline rules. 'Janice' faces ruin of her whole life as a result of accommodating 'Buddy'. The scene was deleted to make 'Buddy' a more sympathetic character before the end of the movie. Jennifer Grey gave an outstanding performance here only to have it cut from the final version of the film.Still, the film gives a glimpse of the effect our choices can have on the lives of people we may well never meet. Despite the weak spots, the film held together. Perhaps a directors cut of the film with the choicest deleted scenes reinstated will be issued.