Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Don Roos|
|Produced by||Michael Besman
|Written by||Don Roos|
|Music by||Mychael Danna|
|Editing by||David Codron|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Release dates||November 17, 2000|
|Running time||106 minutes|
Advertising executive Buddy (Affleck) is delayed by a snow storm for a return flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, on the same airline he has just signed as a big client. He meets Greg Janello (Tony Goldwyn), and when the flight resumes boarding, Buddy gives his ticket to Greg so he can get home to his sons (Alex D. Linz and David Dorfman). Buddy had conspired with his friend and airline employee Janice Guerrero (Jennifer Grey) to put Greg on the flight using his boarding pass. While spending the night with fellow stranded passenger Mimi (Natasha Henstridge), he discovers via the television news that Greg's flight crashed. He has Janice check into the computer system to remove his name from the passenger manifest and add Greg's name.
Greg's wife Abby Janello (Gwyneth Paltrow) is woken up by news of the crash, and is for many hours torn between hope and despair, clinging to the belief that Greg would still arrive on the later flight on which he was originally registered - until his death is confirmed beyond further doubt.
Once back in L.A., the airline dictates that Buddy run a series of innocuous ads to ameliorate the tragic consequences of the crash. Buddy feels guilty for putting Greg on the plane, and drunkenly (and publicly) acts out when the commercials win a Clio award. After going through an insincere stint in Alcoholics Anonymous, Buddy arranges to meet Abby and her sons. He follows Abby to a rental site she is setting up for a showing, and tells her a fumbled story about just stopping by, but Abby catches him, and a hostile dog gets loose and tears Buddy's clothes. After sending the clothes to be rewoven, the two talk, but each of them maintains a secret: Abby is divorced, not widowed, and Buddy didn't really know Greg.
Buddy helps Abby with a tip on a commercial office building that Jim (Joe Morton), Buddy's partner and boss, has put a bid on, and Abby treats Buddy to a night at Dodger Stadium as a thanks, and they discuss their journey to this point. Abby tells a humorous story of the birth of her son Scott in a Datsun after she broke Greg's nose climbing into the back seat. Buddy tells Abby that she is really brave and when she replies that she was just scared, Buddy remarks "It's not brave if you're not scared."
Falling in love, Buddy gets close to the whole family. Abby reveals that Greg died in the crash, but she does not want Buddy to pity her and does not expect him to play father to a widow's children. The airline's settlement with Greg's estate comes through for Abby who next wants to put her boys on a plane to Palm Springs to get over their fear of flying. Buddy requests to go along with them - and soon develops a strong bond with the two boys. On the return trip Buddy says he has a secret he will reveal the next day.
It all comes apart when Mimi shows up, giving Abby a short video of Greg and Buddy having a drink in the airport bar. Abby is devastated by finding that Buddy lied to her and demands that he leave her home and her life - though also demanding that he say goodbye to the boys. This doesn't sit well with anyone, Buddy comes back the next day and talks to Scott who feels that his father died trying to get home for a Scout Christmas tree outing.
As the relatives sue the airline for damages, Janice's role is revealed and Buddy is called to testify. As Abby watches on television, Buddy explains that he did give his ticket to Greg and did not take Greg's in exchange. He did get Greg on the plane with Janice and she later changed the roster to get it right, compromising the airline's security procedures. Buddy remembered that Greg wasn't the good flier he once was, having had "too many people in his wallet". Buddy is excused by the judge, but doesn't feel "excused" for his actions. Abby had harbored the same guilt as Scott, that they had pressured Greg into coming home on the fateful flight.
In being honest and facilitating the suit against the airline company, Buddy has strained relations with his own company to the breaking point. He resigns from the firm, and packs his things at work and at home. Abby comes by to tell him that his talk with Scott had helped them both. Buddy, sensing that Abby is about to leave, asks her to help him with renting his beach front home or putting it up for sale, whatever she recommends. She says she isn't going to get it right, but Buddy steadfastly tells her she's the best to handle it. Buddy starts to talk about his plans, Abby listens and they start their relationship over.
- Ben Affleck as Buddy Amaral
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Abby Janello
- Natasha Henstridge as Mimi Prager
- Edward Edwards as Ron Wachter
- Jennifer Grey as Janice Guerrero
- Tony Goldwyn as Greg Janello
- Lisa Joyner as T.V. Announcer
- Caroline Aaron as Donna
- Alex D. Linz as Scott Janello
- David Dorfman as Joey Janello
- Juan Garcia as Kevin Walters
- Joe Morton as Jim Willer
- Johnny Galecki as Seth
|Bounce: Music from and Inspired by the Miramax Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album (Digital download)/Audio CD by Various|
|Released||November 7, 2000|
- Need to Be Next to You - Leigh Nash
- Central Reservation (The Then Again Version) - Beth Orton
- Here With Me - Dido
- Divided - Tara MacLean
- Silence - Delerium
- I'm No Ordinary Girl - Anika Parks
- Lose Your Way - Sophie B. Hawkins
- My Baby And Me - Nick Garrisi
- Rome Wasn't Built In A Day - Morcheeba
- Hush - Angie Aparo
- Our Affair (Remix) - Carly Simon
- Love (Remix) - Sixpence None The Richer
- The Only Thing That's Real - Sister Seven
- Never Gonna Come Back Down - BT
|Bounce: Original Motion Picture Score|
|Film score (Digital download)/Audio CD by Mychael Danna|
|Released||November 21, 2000|
- Weather [3:27]
- Bed Time [1:08]
- Boarding Pass [2:33]
- Moving Day [1:06]
- Hangover [0:57]
- Crash [1:37]
- Nice To Meet You [1:35]
- Now I Am [1:09]
- So Brave [1:45]
- Seven Steps [2:18]
- Christmas Trees [1:47]
- Award [1:21]
- Kiss [1:40]
- Deception [1:12]
- Say Goodbye [1:21]
- Testimony [1:36]
- You're Excused [1:46]
- Can We Try? [2:05]
Bounce received generally mixed reviews from film critics. As of January 2012, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has scored a 52% rating, with an average rating of 5.5 out of 10, based on 106 reviews. The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $11.4 million its opening weekend.
- "Bounce (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- Official website
- Bounce at the Internet Movie Database
- Bounce at allmovie
- Bounce at Rotten Tomatoes
- Bounce at Box Office Mojo
- Movie stills