When Harry Met Sally...
Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning?
Will sex ruin a perfect relationship between a man and a woman? that's what Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) debate during their travels from Chicago to New York. And eleven years and later, they're still no closer to finding the answer. Will these two best friends ever accept that they're meant for each other...or will they continue to deny the attraction that's existed since the first moment When Harry Met Sally?
Watching a film as sweet and funny as When Harry Met Sally makes me wonder what exactly happened to Rob Reiner and Meg Ryan, but more importantly it makes me wonder what on earth happened with the Rom-Com genre. I think most people will agree with me when I say it's the worst-served of them all by the soulless machinery that is Hollywood, so when I catch up on what is said to be one of the last great ones and it turns out to be exactly that it is particularly saddening. Reiner's film is cleverly written, features a damn near unrivalled on-screen chemistry on behalf of the two leads and is just...so damn likeable. The jokes are delivered so…
"You know, I have a theory that hieroglyphics are just an ancient comic strip about a character named Sphinxy."
I am in love with this movie.
Someone finally pulled it off. Rob Reiner made a Woody Allen film that is missing all of the things that people typically hate about Woody Allen films. As it turns out, most of the what he left out wasn't all that necessary.
I can't think of a single scene I would remove or alter in any way. The writing is effortless and real; truly masterful. What you get with When Harry Met Sally is an unassuming little film that does everything perfectly. That's something you don't see very often. In fact, this film represents everything that's missing from too much of modern storytelling: craftsmanship. Art gets all the glory, but craftsmanship is where all the real work gets done. Don't…
If Charade was the best movie Alfred Hitchcock never made, I'm going to say When Harry Met Sally... is maybe the best movie Woody Allen never made. Writing to drool over. It's funny & sweet, truthful and entertaining - and the two title characters feel like real people you'd want to hang out with. What it had to say about relationships and love probably makes it the most pleasurable rom-com experience I've had since Annie Hall. Perhaps not as non-cliched, but lovely nonetheless. The lead performances by Billy Crystal & Meg Ryan are really good, wasn't as fond of Ryan throughout... but chemistry is the key word here and they sure had it. Wonderful direction by Rob Reiner and the soundtrack was rather splendid (I somehow only just heard ''Let's Call the Whole Thing Off'' by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong for the first time). Adored almost everything about it; a new all-time favourite, I think.
Still as witty and charming as the first time I saw it, and deserves to always be placed among the essential, top rung romantic comedies. Both Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan have had respectable careers, but their performances as Harry and Sally are arguably ones they never quite matched.
Chemistry is off the charts. Stellar supporting work from Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby. Ended an incredible decade for Rob Reiner, whose work has progressively gotten worse since. Everyone involved was at the height of their talents, and the end result is evidence of that. A near-perfect classic.
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
The first time I watched When Harry Met Sally..., it was because it was Mother's Day and it was my mom's favorite movie, so I decided to watch it with her. I'd never been into romantic movies, but there was something about this one that I absolutely adored.
Well, actually, everything.
The thing that makes this movie so good is Nora Ephron's delightfully honest writing. It's just perfect. Harry and Sally are two of my favorite characters ever put on film. Aside from flawlessly delivering…
It had to be you.
'Now Sheldon can do your income taxes. If you need a root canal, Sheldon's your man.
But humpin' and pumpin' is not Sheldon's strong suit. It's the name: "Do it to me *Sheldon*", "You're an animal *Sheldon*", "Ride me big *Shel-don*." Doesn't work.'
I see most the people I'm following aren't sharing my high opinion of When Harry, Met Sally. For me it's an absolute classic, one of the best of its type. Had me in stitches at times and moved me at other times.
Bit sentimental at times but the overall package is a solid 5 stars in my book.
Recently I was talking to a man who refused to discuss movies in terms of "best" and would only praise a film by being the "best example of its genre" (his film of choice was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which I definitely do not agree with) which, as much as I may hate the man in question, I do not think is a bad way to view a film.
Now I can't help thinking that I could make an argument that When Harry Met Sally is the best example of a romantic comedy that exists while I watch the film. To be fair the list of other movies I count as romantic comedies that I consider to be…
The template of the modern romantic comedy - ironic, considering its episodic form.
"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
God, I love this movie.
It isn't even Woody Allen-lite
This remarkably heartwarming joint is Nora Ephron-pro
Took long enough for me to finally fully watch it. What a delight.
4.5 out of 5 (A-)
Another one of those movies that will define an era.