When Harry Met Sally...
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Two Manhattan careerists take 12 years to figure out they love each other. Directed by Rob Reiner.
Nora Ephron wrote the brisk screenplay for this 1989 romantic comedy, director Rob Reiner made a nicely glossy New York story (very much in a Woody Allen vein) out of it, and Billy Crystal's unstoppable charm made it something really special. Crystal and Meg Ryan play longtime platonic friends who keep dancing around their deeper feelings for one another, and Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher are their respective pals who fall in love and get married. Ryan doesn't get a lot of funny material, but her performance is typically alive and intuitive, and she more than holds her own with Crystal's comic motor mouth and sweet sentimentality. Reiner is on comfortable ground, liberated from the burden of making serious statements in the lead-footed manner of subsequent features. --Tom Keogh
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The Collector's Edition offers seven new featurettes (the previous Special Edition only had one documentary), beginning with a sit-down between director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron waxing nostalgic on how the movie originated: He, recently divorced from Penny Marshall, was a miserable single man, while she was the screenwriter who rejected his initial pitch over lunch ("It was a shame," she remembers, "because we hadn't even eaten yet."). It's easy to see that Reiner is clearly Harry, and Ephron is clearly Sally: He's the squawking chatterbox and she's constantly corrects his memory (Sally's meticulous method of ordering food is also a direct rip-off of Ephron herself). Other featurettes show Billy Crystal's attempts to play Harry (or Reiner, as it were); location filming in New York; the love stories that served as interludes between scenes (again, the counselors-at-camp story is from Ephron's parents); the significance of the film over time; and more discussion on the film's famous question: "Can men and women really be friends?" Most of the stories from the featurettes are recycled in the new film commentary by Reiner, Ephron, and Crystal (Reiner mentions that the "I'll have what she's having" line, spoken by his mother, is in the top 10 of AFI's top 100 movie lines no less than five times overall), but the inclusion of Crystal, who contributed many improvised lines in the movie, makes for a nice easygoing repartee. Fans may be interested to know that Reiner originally thought Harry and Sally shouldn't get together, until he himself fell in love with his future wife on the set, but the most hilarious tidbit involves Reiner storming the production offices and polling all the women on whether or not they "fake it" because didn't believe that really happened. Seven deleted scenes--which were also included in the previous version--and original theatrical trailer round out the set, but Harry Connick Jr.'s "It Had to Be You" music video is missing. Still, the special features are a great look into a romantic comedy that clearly remains a meaningful experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. --Ellen A. Kim
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I finally decided to buy the DVD recently and I'm so glad I did! This movie grabbed my attention from the beginning until the very end.
It's hilarious, touching and it's "real". There are themes in the movie I think we can all relate too.
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are fantastic in their roles. I enjoyed Carrie Fisher as well.
This movie is very well written and a definite classic.
I loved it! It deserves all the acclaim it's gotten.
This is another one of those movies that I hated when I was younger but adore now. My wife turned me onto this. I liked it so much when we were dating that we recorded all the older married couples we know talking about how they met and fell in love and played it as a montage at our wedding, just like the clips they use to bookend the scenes in this movie.
I just connect with this movie because my wife takes 20 minutes to order a sandwich. And that's the magic of this story, is that Harry and Sally do at least 15 things that everyone can personally relate to.
In the end it's just a sweet story about two friends who really love each other on a deep emotional level. It just take them 15 years to realize it.
It's well acted. It's a good story. It highlights the differences between men and women perfectly. It's just a great movie to watch with someone you love. And the Pictionary scene makes me laugh so hard my sides hurt every single time. The entire movie it really funny. But it's also sweet.
This is considered to be THE romantic comedy for a reason. It's the best one.
My admiration goes to the filmmaker for leading the audience to watch through 12 years of Harry and Sally's separate and/or together personal growths to come to the conclusion that they are finally morphed into a matching couple. That's how us audience can 'feel' and 'root for' the characters.
The segments where old married couples recount the initial meeting with their mates were so positive and reaffirming. They make me believe in marriage and togetherness again.
Although the 80's wardrobe is a bit dated but the movie itself is still as good and fresh as when it first came out on the theatrical run. Buy this movie!
I give it 4 stars because there is no subtitle.
movie 'I'll have what she's having' after Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in a restaurant is 3rd on the list of all time comedy great lines. Billy Crystal made up the line and the woman ordering in the restaurant is none other than Carl Reiner's mother, Estelle Reiner. But, even if unknowns, the story begs one question, 'Can a man and a women every really be just friends?' Watch the movie and find out.