Released 2000


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Don Roos
Bounce is a dramatic romantic film directed by Don Roos that centers on Buddy (Ben Affleck), an advertising executive whose life is thrown into disarray when he cheats death after giving his ticket away to a fellow passenger, Greg Janello (Tony Goldwyn). Thinking he was doing a good deed to get Greg home to be there for his oldest son's event as well as giving Buddy more time with the pretty Mimi (Natasha Henstridge), he discovers the flight never made it to Los Angeles and Greg would never be there for his son. Guilt-ridden and a bit shell shocked at sidestepping his own death, Buddy decides to meet with Abby Janello (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Greg's two sons, Joey and Scott (David Dorfman and Alex D. Linz), so he can move on with his life. Of course, when the two meet, Buddy does not reveal the truth to how he knew Greg as he gets closer not only to Abby, who blames herself for Greg's death, but the two boys as well, joining their mourning family. When the truth comes out on the true connection to the Janello family, Buddy decides to fight for his new chance at life.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Bounce may be far from a great film, but its pleasures are consistent enough to remind you of how few movies nowadays come anywhere close to matching it in intelligence and emotion...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Simultaneously contrived and genuinely felt.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Affleck and Paltrow, who've been excellent elsewhere, display less chemistry than they've shown in magazine photo shoots. Even Woody and Bo Peep had more going on between them in "...

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