When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

 

And they destroyed New York... together
And they destroyed New York... together

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Starring: Billy Crystal (City Slickers Analyze This), Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle You've Got Mail

Directed By: Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride • Stand by Me)

Overview: This is the story of two people who keep meeting one another, until finally they become friends. Of course, there's always a chance for more.

Last night I saw Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson shine in The Messenger (2009), finding it to be a very poignant representation of grief, a subject Hollywood often does inadequately. I love a good Drama about tragedy. Sometimes though, I must confess that even *I* enjoy humour, romance, and on the rare, and - I mean truly rare - occasion, a genuine Romantic Comedy. It's really rare. When I saw that When Harry Met Sally... was on the 1001 list, I had to agree that it was indeed one of the best Romantic Comedies I've ever seen. Before I became a film adventurer, I was a film rewatcher. Films I've seen about 8-15 times include Reservoir Dogs, Akira, Clockwork Orange, and I must confess - and I'm about to uncover my juicy soft insides here - When Harry Met Sally... too. Yes, dear readers there are films that make me nostalgia-happy and this is one of them
 
When Harry Met Sally... is the story of when Harry first met Sally on a road trip from Boston to New York. They car pooled for 18 hours and they hated each other, namely because Harry was of the opinion that men and women couldn't be friends. Years later they met again on a plane and they didn't like each other. The third time they meet, they liked each other enough to try friendship. Most of the film revolves around their friendship and the Billy Crystal-style comedic antics as he plays a character that is 'comic darkly'. All the while Meg Ryan does an incredible job of being crazy without being scary. It's evident that the dialogue includes much actor input or downright adlib, and the chemistry's great.
 
Reiner also chooses interesting, colourful locations for his dialogue-intensive script. Whether a scene of two people catching up on a plane, a serious conversation about divorce while doing the wave at a football game, or walking in a fall-colour-rich park, it's a nice touch that makes one notice the effort put into the cinematography.  
 
A welcome touch added to When Harry Met Sally... is the vignettes of old couples as they share their interesting stories of how they met. Add to all this a relatively-young-in-her-middle-age Carrie Fisher and the unsung Bruno Kirby of Godfather II and City Slickers fame, whose delivery of the line "BABY FISH MOUTH! BABY FISH MOUTH!" is the funniest line of the entire film, and you have yourself at the very least a safe date / safe to watch with mom if she can take the occasional swearing / guilty pleasure a guy can watch alone and really laugh film.
That famous fake orgasm scene
That famous fake orgasm scene
 

Performance: 9 Cinematography: 8 Script: 8 Plot: 8 Mood: 8

Overall Rating: 82% (Don't Tarry To Meet Sally)
Aftertaste:

Look for a cameo by Rob Reiner's mom as the lady who says, "I'll have what she's having," the famous public fake-orgasm scene in the restaurant.

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It has its moments, but isn't it kinda a dumbed-down Woody Allen knock-off?


Which Woody Allen? nothing I've seen. I mean the whole NYC Jewish Rob Reiner connection, sure, but not anywhere near the whiny Allen's capable of.


As always very interesting review! I don't think it is as quirky as Allen is and it is much much more on the rom-com side of drama than the Woodman's existential comedies.

On another note, I wanted to let you know that I nominated Filmsquish for a Liebster Blog Award. Here are all the details about it:http://cinephiliaque.blogspot.com/2012/02/liebster-blog-award-nominee.html

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