Classic of the Week: When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

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When Harry Met Sally… is 1989 romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. The story is about the titles characters meeting, taking a cross  country trip and the 12 years of likelihood meetings in New York City.

This film is definitely of Reiner’s best, if not the best work(s). It is filled with joy, humor and heart wrenching. Never a dull moment in this film. Billy Crystal is outstanding as Harry Burns and Meg Ryan is fabulous as Sally Albright. They are a that’s meant to be together, but they don’t realize it until much further in the film.

The two characters fight, leave, bump into each other and do some fun things together like singing karaoke in a pawn shop. They start as friends in 1977 after graduating from the University of Chicago, they part on unfriendly terms when Sally accuses Harry of making a pass at her after he tells her she’s attractive. They meet again five years later they meet again on the same flight. Sally is dating Harry’s neighbor Joe and Harry is engaged and he suggests they become friends. They run into each other again at a bookstore, Harry’s wife left him and Sally and Joe broke up.

Though I enjoy this film every time I watch it, it does seem to have a bit of a Woody Allen feel. Not that I dislike most of Allen’s work, it just comes off as surprisingly as Rob Reiner film, although most would probably think it’s a Woody film. There is not much I don’t like about this film, except I wish they could have remained friends until they realized that they are in love with each other. There are times in this film when one of the main characters is a bit too harsh to the other. When they fight it’s like a cross between the Odd Couple and a married couple. But thankfully they make up.

Truly a great film that will not only make you laugh, it will make you cry, but warm your heart as well. It captures the dysfunctional-ness between the two, as well as the friendship, then love. This is not a mushy gushy rom-com, like anything from today that’s based off a Nicholas Sparks book. It has the right amount of wrong and right. The film takes you on a journey throughout Harry and Sally’s lives until they come to the conclusion that they should be together.

Most romantic comedies these days are filled with the same Sparks type story, boy and girl meet, a life event tears them apart, then chance brings them back together where they realize they are meant for each other. This film is different because it shows how people can lose each other, come together, lose again, then win each other’s hearts. This is a film both men and women can enjoy, because like I said, it’s not mushy gushy. It has the right amounts of humor, tragedy and love. You will Laugh out loud and maybe get a little angry and then cry. This film that will never cease to be anything but truly wonderful. 18+ 5/5

4 thoughts on “Classic of the Week: When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

  1. I have watched this movie so many times, almost as much as I have watched “Grease” and “An Officer and A Gentleman”….Awwwww, I’m a sucker for that thing called love. 🙂

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    1. It’s my mom’s favorite movie and where my sister got her name. I’ve seen it a few time myself but not as much as The Notebook (embarrassingly), Annie Hall and certain silent films. Huge fan of Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd. Did you know the reason Charlie Chaplin wore a getup was because he was told he was “too handsome for comedy?” nobody would find him funny. Chaplin’s “City Lights” is the first movie that I cried watching. It’s silly but so sweet. I’m romantic fan myself.

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