Bounce (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDon Roos
Written byDon Roos
Produced byMichael Besman
Steve Golin
CinematographyRobert Elswit
Edited byDavid Codron
Music byMychael Danna
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • November 17, 2000 (2000-11-17)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$35 million
Box office$53.4 million

Bounce is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by Don Roos.[N 1]


In Chicago's O'Hare airport, advertising executive Buddy Amaral is delayed by a snow storm for a return flight to Los Angeles, on the same airline he has just signed as a big client. He meets writer Greg Janello, and when his flight resumes boarding, Buddy gives his ticket to Greg so he can get home to his wife and sons, eight-year-old Scott and four-year-old Joey.

Buddy convinces his friend and airline employee Janice Guerrero to allow Greg to take his place on the flight. While spending the night with fellow stranded passenger Mimi, he sees on television that the flight crashed. He has Janice check into the computer system to change his for Greg's name on the passenger manifest.

Greg's wife Abby is woken up by news of the crash, and for many hours is torn between hope and despair, clinging to the belief that Greg would still arrive on the later flight on which he was originally booked, until his death is confirmed.

Once back in Los Angeles, the airline dictates that Buddy run a series of innocuous ads to ameliorate the tragic consequences of the crash, which win a Clio Award. Plagued with guilt, Buddy makes a drunken scene at the awards show, and begins a stint in Alcoholics Anonymous. One of the steps in recovery is to make up for past misdeeds, so Buddy seeks out Abby, a budding realtor, giving her a tip on a commercial office building that Jim, Buddy's partner and boss, has put a bid on. In return, Abby treats Buddy to a night at Dodger Stadium. Their relationship blossoms, even as Buddy does not tell her about being indirectly responsible for Greg's death.

When the airline settles with Greg's estate, Abby next wants to put her boys on an aircraft to Palm Springs to get over their fear of flying. Buddy asks 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, with a video of Greg and Buddy having a drink in the airport bar. Abby is devastated by Buddy lying to her and demands that he leave her home and her life - though also demands that he say goodbye to the boys. Buddy comes back the next day and talks to Scott, who is afraid that his father died trying to get home for a Boy Scouts Christmas tree outing. Abby harbors the same guilt for pressuring Greg to come home on the fateful flight.

The victims' families sue the airline for damages, and Janice's role is revealed when Buddy is called to testify. As Abby watches on television, Buddy explains that he gave his ticket to Greg and did not take Greg's in exchange. In coercing Janice to change the roster, the airline's security procedures were compromised, which gets her fired. Buddy is excused by the judge, but still feels guilty.

Buddy resigns from his firm, having compromised his client, the airline. 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 rent his beachfront home or put it up for sale. As Buddy starts to talk about his plans, Abby realizes she can forgive him.



Bounce was a project previously in development with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. Principal photography began on August 30, 1999, with shooting completed on November 7, 1999.

The film marks the first major motion picture to be delivered via satellite, with AMC Empire playing Bounce exclusively in its digital format/digital production. The film was later released in United States on video on April 10, 2001.[2]



Bounce: Music from and Inspired by the Miramax Motion Picture
Soundtrack album (Digital download)/Audio CD by
ReleasedNovember 7, 2000
1."Need to Be Next to You"Leigh Nash4:07
2."Central Reservation" (The Then Again Version)Beth Orton3:59
3."Here with Me"Dido4:13
4."Divided"Tara MacLean3:23
5."Silence"Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan6:35
6."I'm No Ordinary Girl"Anika Paris3:59
7."Lose Your Way"Sophie B. Hawkins4:03
8."My Baby and Me"Nick Garrisi2:37
9."Rome Wasn't Built in a Day"Morcheeba3:35
10."Hush"Angie Aparo4:28
11."Our Affair" (Remix)Carly Simon3:27
12."Love" (Remix)Sixpence None the Richer3:37
13."The Only Thing That's Real"Sister 74:10
14."Never Gonna Come Back Down"BT5:45


Bounce: Original Motion Picture Score
Film score (Digital download)/Audio CD by
ReleasedNovember 21, 2000
LabelVarèse Sarabande
  1. Weather [3:27]
  2. Bed Time [1:08]
  3. Boarding Pass [2:33]
  4. Moving Day [1:06]
  5. Hangover [0:57]
  6. Crash [1:37]
  7. Nice To Meet You [1:35]
  8. Now I Am [1:09]
  9. So Brave [1:45]
  10. Seven Steps [2:18]
  11. Christmas Trees [1:47]
  12. Award [1:21]
  13. Kiss [1:40]
  14. Deception [1:12]
  15. Say Goodbye [1:21]
  16. Testimony [1:36]
  17. You're Excused [1:46]
  18. Can We Try? [2:05]


Bounce received generally mixed reviews from film critics. As of January 2012, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has given it a 52% rating, with an average rating of 5.5 out of 10, based on 106 reviews. The site's consensus states: "Critics say Bounce is more of a thud. Plot turns feel cliched and contrived, and the romance between Paltrow and Affleck fails to engage."[3] The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $11.4 million its opening weekend.

Roger Ebert noted that the plot was a familiar one. "Lovers with untold secrets are a familiar movie situation ..." yet, he liked the film because the characters, from lead actors to secondary roles, were honest and endearing.[4]



  1. ^ Affleck and Paltrow were previously in a relationship. She advised him to take the role as a departure from his earlier screen roles.[1]


  1. ^ Milano 2000, p. 180.
  2. ^ "Miscellaneous notes: Bounce (2000)." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: February 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "Bounce (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved: January 7, 2012.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Bounce"., November 17, 2000.


  • Milano, Valerie. Gwyneth Paltrow. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: ECW Press, 2000. ISBN 978-1-55022-407-8.

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