Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
Directed By: Rob Reiner
Written By: Nora Ephron
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 36 min
When Harry Met Sally is the film that challenged any ‘friendship’ pretense between the sexes. But then I would say most romantic comedies have in one way or another hinted at this, so credit to Nora Ephron for just saying it. Men and women can’t just be friends.
That’s a conversation starter for sure, but remember this movie exists in a Hollywood rom-com world. Cute people living cool lives with cool friends in their cool Manhattan Apartments, where it’s nearly always fall or winter (the cities most photogenic seasons), and Harry Connick, Jr. provides the soundtrack.
So sure, you can go head and debate that statement if you like, but always remember where it came from. Then realize that if a friendship between a member of the opposite sex turns into something else, that’s just life, and not confirmation of any point this film throws out for entertainment value.
That being understood, I think When Harry Met Sally is a great romantic comedy. Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron present a fun, beautifully structured, and occasionally moving story while Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan have great chemistry, and devilishly good comic timing. I did find some parts a little slow, but when the big key moments come, they are hysterical.
It has to be said, this film definitely has a ‘Woody Allen’ feel about it. The neurotic characters, the Manhattan setting and all the relationship babble. So if you have enjoyed his work, I think you’ll enjoy this too. This is movie is rated R for language and adult themes.
The City of Manhattan looks great, but this film is all about the dialog, so it will work on any device you care to watch it on.
I know what you’re thinking – the restaurant orgasm scene! Even if you’ve never seen the movie, I’m sure you’ve still heard about this scene. While that is one of the funniest moments in the movie, I’m going to pick out another moment I found hilarious. When Harry tells Sally men and women can’t be friends.