Being a Ben Affleck fan has been a rollercoaster over the years. He went from the next big thing to a paparazzi obsessed joke to respected director and then Batman. My fandom began after seeing Chasing Amy, especially after listening to him on the commentary track. He was hilarious and sounded like the type of guy I’d hang out with, so I supported the guy and watched pretty much everything he did up until a certain point several years later. One of those films was Bounce, a film co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow about a man who decides to try and help the grieving widow of a man he swapped plane tickets with and got him killed. It sounds a little morbid, and interestingly enough, the film was actually shot as a dark drama, but test audiences hated it so they retooled it to become a romantic drama.
This is a film that would have never gotten released post-9/11, especially since it’s pretty hard on how airlines handle tragedies (and rightfully so.) The film deals with alcoholism, grieving, and love, which is sort of a strange mixture, but somehow the movie pulls it off. The ending is a bit abrupt, but I like it. I’ve always liked it and when I think of movies about love, this is one that comes to mind. It also helps that it has a great soundtrack.