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Bounce [Blu-ray] [Import]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Failed Chick Flick May 1 2003
Format:DVD
There's not much to recommend this movie. There's no real chemistry between Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow, which is a shame because they're both talented actors, and they've both proven they can do romance. They just don't do it here. In fact, there's so little connection it's obvious they're just reading scripted lines. In the end, it's neither their fault, nor the writers: the lines are all right, and they're read well, but there's just no chemistry.
There are only two major failures with this movie, but they're doozies: the characters and the plot concept. The characters fail to grow on viewers despite all the standard awkward situations they're put into to create sympathy. Affleck's guilt over Paltrow's husband seems contrived, rather than genuine or understandable. He is a sterotypical villain, ready, even eager, to prey on others. Even his career is sterotypical: he an ad exec; of course he's a horrible human being. His character fails: a flat-character bad guy that almost, but not quite, becomes a likeable guy. His guilt and self-loathing seem contrived. Paltrow's character fails as well: you sometimes feel sorry for her, but never really sympathize.
The other major failure is the plot twist. The only redeeming factor is the that-could-have-been-me factor, which is given away in the trailers and not developed in the movie. If they had spent more time developing his character around that, and not forcing him to persue Paltrow's character, this movie might have been saved. Instead, they use it as a cheap plot device, and throw it away.
There's not even anything to qualify it as a decent chick-flick- there's nothing to sigh about at the end, you never say "just say yes, you twit! Can't you see he loves you?". It's a little too much like watching a very boring episode of Springer, minus any redeeming drama.
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Format:DVD
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie! Being a guy, I don't usually go for "chick flicks" but am not a big fan of "shoot 'em up" pictures either. This fits into the narrow category of excellent filmmaking done in an almost forgotten sytle followed in the past. Take for instance way the plane crash sequence near the beginning of the film was handled: there are NO exploding heads, NO fires, NO screams, NO explosions of all sorts, etc., however the viewer has no trouble picking up on the fact that someone did not survive a flight based on the reactions of the other characters. Some may call it an effort to save money on special effects; I call it creative directing and FINALLY giving moviewatchers a chance to use their imagination rather than be attacked with visual stimulation built around a mediocre script.
The script for BOUNCE is great by the way.

Maybe the characters aren't totally believeable in their roles, but still the performances are so heartfelt that I was deeply moved. Everyone went crazy over TITANIC; this is far superior to me because it deals with genuine emotions that most people can relate to. Besides the two main actors, there are other great "character actors" that only add to the charm. My favotite is the gay office worker that shows great wisdom and has no fear speaking his mind to his boss (Affleck). Yes, this is a romantic movie but not light in feeling like other well done romantic movies such as SLEEPLESS IN SEATLE. This has real drama here, but like SLEEPLESS, also has truly likeable characters. What else can I say but rent it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent June 6 2002
Format:DVD
Well,i wasn't a big fan ofGwyneth Paltrow untill recently,in fact
i have watched her in Bounce for the first time ever,and boy was i surprised!
This is here best performance ever!
She plays Abby,a widow and a single mother of two kids,who lost her husband 1 year ago in a plane crash.
she meets Buddy(Played by Ben Affleck) a self centered successful young executive who exchanged plain tickets with her husband before the crash,he feels responsible for what happened so he decides to look for her after he spent 1 year in A.A. rehab clinic. But he didn't expect to fallin love with her.
This is a beautiful love story based on a tragedy.
This movie shows us how tough and unfair life can be sometimes,
but we must be brave enough top go on,also,in this movie Abby helps Buddy to go deep,and discover the whole new side of him
that he didn't even know he has.it shows us how to make the most out of the difficult situation.
The movie also tells us that it's not all in being a successful hot shot,you if you don't have someone by your side who loves you.
The only thing i regret is that i didn't get to see the movie when it was playing in theaters,and maybe if there was a little more time to develop a relationship between Buddy and Abby's sons.
But all in all this movie is really great!
Congratulations to Gwyneth and Ben For great acting in this
movie.
Two thumbs up!
The best romantic movie i have ever seen !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best! June 5 2002
Format:DVD
Well,i don't really weatch romantic movies very often,but this one really got my attention,
i only regret that i didn't get to see it while it was playing in theatres.It is a romantic drama about fate,love,guilt and forgivness. Buuddy(Playedby Ben Affleck) is a tipical self centered businessman,and he is happy with his life,untill
the plane crash competelly changes it.After he gives his ticket
to a man who happens to be Abby's husband,and later the plane crashes,he is overcome with guilt and and up in A.A. clinic,after a year he decides to visit Abby(Played by Gwyneth Paltrow)to see how she's doing.This movie is surprisingly excellent,i never watched Gwyneth's movies before,i didn't even think much of here as an actress before,but this movie changedeverything.Ben Affleck also plays his role very well,
The only thing thta i would have changed in the movie, is maybe
to show a little more the bonding between Buddy and Abby's two sons,but this movie is great even as it is,i didn't expect from a romantic drama to be this good!
And congatulations to Gwyneth and Ben for their great performances in this movie.
Two thumbs up!
The best romantic drama ,i have ever seen!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Chick Flick Hell
Prepare yourself and sharpen the razor blades if your woman brings this home to watch with you one evening. This is a romantic comedy without romance or comedy. Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Johny Bottom
1.0 out of 5 stars Good cast, BAD movie
I was appalled by how poor this movie was. I love both Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow and it's a shame that a movie with reasonable potential could be so bad. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by Aaron Marks
2.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Turn of Events
Bounce (PG-13)- I either love or hate Gwyneth Paltrow and in this movie I loved her. But alas, I can't say the same for the movie itself. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by "caphispbr"
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star.
Gwyneth Paltrow, aka "Miss Miramax" and the It Girl of 1998, stars in this film directed by the man who gave us the wickedly funny "The Opposite of Sex. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by The Groove
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good and simply well made movie, so real!
Hola! Hello there! I just saw this movie a couple days ago and get catched by it. It was simple, well made, refreshing, romantic, with a couple of excellent actors! Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by Olivia
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good and simply well made movie, so real!
Hola! Hello there! I just saw this movie a couple days ago and get catched by it. It was simple, well made, refreshing, romantic, with a couple of excellent actors! Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by Olivia
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good and simply well made movie, so real!
Hola! Hello there! I just saw this movie a couple days ago and get catched by it. It was simple, well made, refreshing, romantic, with a couple of excellent actors! Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by Olivia
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good and simply well made movie, so real!
Hola! Hello there! I just saw this movie a couple days ago and get catched by it. It was simple, well made, refreshing, romantic, with a couple of excellent actors! Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by Olivia
3.0 out of 5 stars Charisma, that's what makes a star!
I am not a Gwyneth Paltrow fan. I never watch any of her movies except Seven where she only had a small role. So I always wondered why she's so famous. Read more
Published on May 6 2002 by Chanteuse
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