by Adam Riske
Welcome to 2K Replay, the home of the year 2000 in film. This week I’m revisiting a movie for which I watched all the deleted scenes: Bounce.
• Best Scene/Moment: (tie) There’s a moment where Ben Affleck takes Gwyneth Paltrow and her family to a water park and Affleck excitedly goes down a water slide with one of the kids and I dunno…it made me kind of want go down a water slide with Ben Affleck. The other is a moment where Affleck asks Paltrow what she’s doing tomorrow and she says, “You tell me.” I’ve had that happen to me in real life before (not by Gwyneth Paltrow, who made a candle that smells like her vagina) and it’s incredibly sexy because it means the woman is in it to win it with you.
• Best Song: I’m not crazy about this soundtrack so by default I’ll choose “Here with Me” by Dido. I feel like Dido wouldn’t be caught dead watching Bounce and would be over at the art house theater in line for Quills.
• Best Merch Available on eBay Right Now: The final teaser trailer on 35mm for $2.99! And it’s not a Black Friday sale. It’s this price all the time!
• Double It with This 2000 Movie: Return to Me
• Year 2000 Movies to Trailer Before It: All the Pretty Horses, Duets, Reindeer Games
• Draft Day or Bounce? Draft Day
• Grab Bag Video:
This is the German trailer for Bounce. “Das ist Buddy.” “Das ist Abby.” Wunderbar.
• Mall Movie? No, this is Miramax so it would go to the grown-up theater. The mall would get Dimension Films.
• Only in 2000: Alex D. Linz wearing a FUBU jersey.?
• Scene Stealer: Johnny Galecki has a bit of a stock character (the gay assistant/best friend who tells it like it is to the main character), but he does make the most of his scenes. It’s also nice to see him pre-Leonard on The Big Bang Theory since that’s how I see him now.
• I Miss: Mainstream romantic dramas that aren’t religion-centric or Nicholas Sparks.
• I Don’t Miss: Harvey Weinstein.
• 2000 Crush: (tie) Natasha Henstridge and Gwyneth Paltrow as a brunette.
• What I Thought in 2000: I didn’t see Bounce until it was on DVD in early 2001 but I remember thinking it was incredible for some reason and devouring all the special features on the disc. At the time I was convinced there was enough good material for two separate versions of Bounce.
• What I Think in 2020: It’s very okay. I’m not sure why I was so over the moon for Bounce 20 years ago. The story is pretty contrived despite two strong lead performances. In fact, a pretty similar plot was just recently recycled in the Katie Holmes-Josh Lucas romance The Secret: Dare to Dream.