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Groom-to-be Ben Holmes (Ben Affleck) is at his bachelor party, surrounded by friends and family whooping over his "last night of freedom." Ben loves his fiancee Bridget (Maura Tierney), but the doom-and-gloom pronouncements of everyone around him have him questioning the meaning of this 'till death do us part business. Then, on an ill-fated flight from New York to his wedding in Savannah, Ben meets Sarah Lewis (Sandra Bullock), a free-spirited woman with a string of failed careers and relationships behind her. As transportation troubles thwart them at every turn, Ben and Sarah begin a three-day southward journey in which their connection grows ever stronger, Ben seeing in Sarah the chances he's never taken and Sarah seeing in Ben the stability she's never had. What’s he gonna do…?

"Uplifting and high in energy, Forces of Nature is a slick and delightful romantic comedy of errors with a taut script and charismatic performances. Much of the charm of the film comes from the yin yan relationship between the two leads. Sandra Bullock dazzles us in a showy role that displays all her talents; she is the clown the tease, the adventurer, the sorceress. But throughout, we believe her every emotion. Ben Affleck contrasts nicely as the ever conservative, nice all-American boy who is keen to do everything by the book.

But when Ben Meets Sarah … everything changes. Ben's life takes a sharp left turn, he seizes the moment and the two embark on a chaotic adventure flooded with mishaps. From plane crash, hurricane, hail storm, a trip to gaol to perhaps the greatest obstacle of all – love – we are there for the distance. Affleck is beautifully cast. He looks so uncomfortable in the opening bucks party sequence, as the stripper invites him to pop her balloons. But by the time he does a strip of his own – well, he has come a long way. Bullock is so darn likeable… we are mesmerized.

Chaos follows Sarah, says director Bronwen Hughes in the behind-the-scenes featurette which gives an insight into the making of the film. Hughes talks about the mishaps, the adventures and how weather played a large part in the look of the film. "Emotions are the eye of the storm," she says. "We wanted the weather effects to be beautiful." You can check out the deleted scenes (includes unseen footage from the bucks party and on the bus), watch the trailer or read up on the production notes.

The navigation is simple, the 16:9 anamorphic widescreen picture and sound quality is superb, and there's a choice of English or German language, or view subtitles in one of six languages. The special features are lightweight, but the value of this DVD is in the film itself, which is simply irresistible."
Louise Keller

Published April 5, 2001

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CAST: Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney, Steve Zahn, Blythe Danner, Ronny Cox

DIRECTOR: Bronwen Hughes

RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures Video

DVD RELEASE: February 8, 2001

* Behind the Scenes Featurette
* Deleted Scenes
* Theatrical Trailer
* 4 Page Booklet with Production Notes
* Widescreen
* Languages: English, German
* Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish

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