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Bounce - Don Roos, Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natasha Henstridge

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Movie propaganda

As a partner in LA's hippest advertising agency, Buddy Amaral (Ben Affleck) makes things happen. Fearlessly confident and wildly charming, his clients love him, and thanks to his killer good looks, so does every woman he meets. Life smiles on Buddy. That is until the December night he's stranded in a major snowstorm at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. There, Buddy meets both Abby's husband, Greg (Tony Goldwyn), who is trying to make it home in time to celebrate Christmas with his family, and beautiful business woman Mimi Prager (Natasha Henstridge).

When Buddy's connections get him a seat on the only flight out that night, he's faced with the choice of either getting on the plane or enjoying a one-night tryst in the Windy City. Buddy picks the sexier option and generously offers Greg his seat. The next morning, Buddy learns that the plane that he should have been on has crashed. For the first time in his life, the guy with all the answers is at a loss. Compelled to make things right, Buddy sets out to track down the wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) of the man who took his seat. It's a bold move that will change the lives of two people who never should have met, in very surprising unpredictable ways.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama romance love widow plane crash Christmas advertising agency

Persons of interest

  • Ben Affleck .... Buddy Amaral
  • Gwyneth Paltrow .... Abby Janello
  • Natasha Henstridge .... Mimi Prager
  • Edward Edwards .... Ron Wachter
  • Jennifer Grey .... Janice Guerrero
  • Tony Goldwyn .... Greg Janello
  • Lisa Carpenter-Prewitt .... Carol Wilson
  • Caroline Aaron .... Donna
  • David Dorfman .... Joey Janello
  • Alex D Linz .... Scott Janello
  • Juan García .... Kevin Walters
  • Mary Ellen Lyon .... Ellen Seitz
  • Joe Morton .... Jim Willer
  • Thea Mann .... Karen
  • Matthew Frauman .... Luke
  • Sam Robards .... Todd Exner
  • Ty Murphy .... Josh
  • Julianne Christie .... Zola
  • Jeff Garlin .... Emcee
  • Johnny Galecki .... Seth
  • Don Roos .... Screenwriter
  • Don Roos .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Bounce official movie site
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Bounce tries too hard to be a drama when it is actually a romance. That means that the writers, directors and actors got very serious and intellectual about a film that should just be a piece of fluff. Well, it should be about the discovery of love, not the dysfunctionality of a single parent family. Meanwhile, it's a bit of a stretch to have Gwyneth, one of the cinematic world's favourite pretty girls, playing a struggling housewife. A struggling housewife who just happens to meet a random advertising executive like... Ben. What are the chances of two international movie star babes meeting up under those circumstances?

Meanwhile, Johnny plays the clichéd funny homosexual, pretty darned well, actually, in an attempt to inject some humour into the script, which is otherwise devoid of laugh opportunities. Hey, if it worked for My best friend's wedding it can work for Bounce.

In other words, I am leaving this one entirely in your hands.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries:
      • Don Roos
      • Bobby Cohen (Co-Producer)
    • Deleted scenes
    • Documentaries:
      • All about "Bounce"
      • Ben & Gwyneth go behind-the-scenes
    • Featurettes: Out-takes
    • Music video: Need to be next to you
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, English closed captions

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

102 minutes (1:42 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 7 November 2001
VHS rental: 7 November 2001
DVD retail: 24 April 2002
VHS retail: 24 April 2002
DVD retail: 16 August 2006
DVD retail: 18 April 2007 - Double pack

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