Bounce reunites off-screen on-off couple Ben Affleck and Gwenyth Paltrow in a strong romantic film about two people brought together by the worst of circumstances.
The plot may seem similar to last year's flop Random Hearts, starring Harrison Ford, but this one is much more personal, as Affleck's character has a deep, dark secret that he has to tell Paltrow to be completely honest with her. This dilemma causes some interesting situations and some good drama.
The best part about the movie, though, is that Affleck and Paltrow just click. Anything that has happened off screen transfers onto film, and the chemistry is strong between the two.
Off course, Bounce is a chick flick, but it is by no means unbearable. In fact, the movie flows quite smoothly and has a lot of developments that both guys and girls will like. One thing that I did find rather annoying was that just about every scene concludes with the two kissing passionately, something that is nice to watch at first but gets old after the twentieth time.
There are some things that I wish would have been done differently. One, I think a different approach to the entire scenario would have been better. If Affleck, instead of knowing who Paltrow was right off the bat, met her and fell in love with her, and over the course of time he realized who she was, the deep secret could have come as more of a surprise to the audience as well.
Also, being a little more specific, I did not like how Paltrow finally finds out about what Affleck did. I think it would have made for a better scene if he had had to tell her what he did, instead of her finding out on her own.
Bounce does have its flaws but it is fun to watch and is a good, romantic tale. Affleck and Paltrow really shine together and hopefully they will do more movies together in the future.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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