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Bounce is a 2000 film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck, and directed by Don Roos.


Advertising executive Buddy (Affleck) has just signed an airline in Chicagomarker as a big client, but is ironically delayed at the airport waiting for a flight to Los Angelesmarker on that very airline. He meets fellow traveler Greg (Tony Goldwyn), who opts to be bumped, even though it means missing an outing with his son. When the flight is resumed, Buddy thinks he's doing a good deed by giving his ticket to Greg so he can get home to his son. While spending the night with fellow stranded passenger Mimi (Natasha Henstridge), he discovers via the television news that Greg's flight crashes. Buddy had conspired with his friend Janice Guerrero (Jennifer Grey), the ticket agent that night, to take his name off the passenger list and put Greg's on.

Once he's back in LA, Buddy's new client dictates that the company run a series of feel-good ads about 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 Greg's family and eventually falls in love with the deceased man's widow, Abby (Paltrow), and her two young sons.

Buddy helps Abbey sell an already identified commercial property to his firm, accompanies the family to Palm Springs to overcome the boys fear of flying and carefully builds a relationship that frightens both him and Abby. Abby maintains she is divorced, while Buddy never lets on that he met Greg. It all comes apart when Mimi gives Abby a short video of Greg and Buddy me in the airport bar. Buddy goes on trial for Greg's death; he is found not responsible for the airline's disregard for safety, but when he is excused from the witness stand he questions that he is really "excused" for his actions. Buddy then resigns from the firm.

Abby, who had seen the trial on TV, tells Buddy that she feels guilty that Greg had boarded the plane because she pressured him to come home. Buddy persuades her to stay a bit longer by asking for her help to sell or rent his beach home, and the two resume their romance.

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