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When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally begins with college age Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) talking about their unrefined views about Everybody Goes to Rick’s while their wigs are trying not to move. They eventually meet again twice and grow up to be more experienced – no, Harry becomes borderline jaded – when it comes to love, the two of them are a healthy mix of happy and sad whether they’re together or apart. And Sally infamous fakes the second best female orgasm ever. Did I miss anything else?

This movie is what would happen if characters in a Woody Allen movie didn’t read books, making screenwriter Nora Ephron pretty much ahead of her time. But that’s kind of unfair, right? Harry and Sally like movies and musicals. They’ve gone to the same university in Chicago, and so, we assume, do their friends. Even if some of them do have bad taste in stupid, wagon wheel Roy Rogers garage sale coffee tables.

‘I want you to know…that I will never want that wagon wheel coffee table.’

I worship the ground that Carrie Fisher walks on. When is she coming back to Toronto? Why is she not the more famous one in this trio?

Then Harry and Sally have breakup sex, he gets a little stalker-y, but if an ex-boyfriend ever sang on my voice mail, I’ll be tempted to answer the phone. Although Harry gets points off for wearing those white running shoes. What were the 80’s and early 90’s thinking? Anyway, I can’t wait for the sequel!

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4 responses

  1. I have a longstanding dislike for Meg Ryan, but it disappears with this one (well, this and SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, sort of). It’s one of those easy romantic comedies, not bookishly smart but not pandering.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm

  2. If I was younger/less into film, I’d confuse Ryan for Melanie Griffith all the time. I’ll give it to Ryan for trying to act. She fits in with this movie, still fresh even if it’s as old as harry and Sally were when they were taking that road trip to New York.

    May 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm

  3. this film has long been on my to watch list. i’ve never got around to it, but that famous orgasm scene was played in a film class i had and i loved it.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:49 am

  4. The showed that in a film class? Money shot versus counter shots? I wish I went to your university.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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