Big-shot L.A. advertising executive Buddy (Ben Affleck) gives up his airline seat to a man he meets at the airport, only to learn that the plane crashed. A year later, fresh out of rehab, he looks up the man’s widow, Abby (Gwyneth Paltrow). They start to fall for each other, and Buddy has to figure out a way to tell her he’s the one who should have been on the plane.
The plot to “Bounce” is rather unique – an airplane fatality brings two strangers together with a haunting connection. From there, the story is rather predictable – he and she experience love at first sight, but neither can move things forward due to their own personal hang-ups. Eventually, after a few rough spots, the two destined lovers get together and love conquers all. In spite of the formulated story framework, “Bounce” has many redeemable qualities – the chemistry between former off-screen lovers, Affleck and Paltrow, is captivating. The dialogue is believable and engaging. If it were not for the PG-13 “touches” added by the filmmaker, this story would receive a Dove Seal and could be enjoyed by families everywhere. “Bounce” is a sure candidate for family-editing. Too bad Writer/Director Don Roos couldn’t resist the temptation of tainting an otherwise great script with gratuitous fare.