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  • by David C. Terr

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    when harry met sally movie posterTitle: When Harry Met Sally

    Director: Rob Reiner

    Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

    Release Date: July 12, 1989

    Running Time: 96 min

    Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

     

    Commentary
    When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite romantic comedies. It's very funny while at the same time explores many of the nuances of male-female relationships. Billy Crystal is fantastic in his role as Harry, a rather smug but outgoing man. Meg Ryan is also superb in her role as Sally, a very attractive but uptight young woman. The chemistry between the two works quite well. The movie also has a classic scene at Katz Deli in Manhattan in which Sally fakes an orgasm while eating in front of Harry and everyone else at the deli. After she finishes, an older woman, played by Rob Reiner's mother, says, "I'll have what she's having!"

    Plot Summary
    When Harry Met Sally is a very entertaining movie which explores the complexities of male-female relationships. The movie asks the basic question, "Can men and women ever truly be 'just friends?' " Harry doesn't think so at first, but after a hiatus period of several years culminating in a bad divorce, he finally decides to build a good platonic friendship with Sally, which lasts for about a year until they end up having sex. Then at once, their friendship is in jeopardy, but they manage to work things out and end up falling in love and getting married.

    Interviews
    One thing I like about When Harry Met Sally is the periodic interviews throughout the movie, presumably with the author. Every few minutes, an older couple talks about their happy marriage, how they met, and how they knew they were right for each other. Harry and Sally give the last interview at the end of the movie. They briefly discuss their relationship from when they first met and how they eventually fell in love and got married. However, they make their differences rather clear when they talk about the wedding cake and how they had to serve the coconut frosting on the side, due to Sally's insistance to have everything on the side. I was left with the feeling that the marriage probably won't work out, due to their differences. Also, in the closing credits, they play a montage of "It Had to Be You" and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", perhaps indicating where the marriage is going.

    Movie Clips

    Here's the original movie trailer.

     

    Here's a clip of the famous orgasm scene.

     


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