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I hadn't seen When Harry Met Sally and understood it was one of the modern greats so I thought that I should watch it when it was recently on Sky Movies. As I watched this on TV this is a film only review.
Harry is leaving college for the summer and needs a ride home. Luckily for him his girlfriend has a friend who is going the same way. Sally is unimpressed by Harry from the moment she saw him. She wanted to get on the road and he was too busy kissing his girlfriend and then they have a lot of clashing opinions during the journey. Once home the pair part and do not keep in touch.
However over the following years Harry and Sally have a number of chance encounters, however Sally's dislike for Harry remains strong and they do not form a friendship until many years down the line....
I had very high expectations of this film as I had heard so much about it over the years. I really enjoyed the film and would definitely watch it again.
The characters were both very loveable despite them both having certain characteristics that were slightly annoying however I found that this added to the humour of the film as these characteristics often caused conflict between the pair eg. Harry doesn't like the way Sally is always extremely particular when ordering food stating she wants this but not that, dressings on the side etc.
It takes the pair a long time to actually form a friendship and I did feel as though I was willing them on each time they met prior to forming this friendship however the amount of time that passed allowed both of them to become more mature and to realise how well they could actually get on.
I enjoyed the plot. I liked the fact that there were two equal main characters as it meant there was always plenty going on in their lives. The plot did flow well but I found myself enjoying the second half more than the first simply because the first half just shows snippets of their lives but the second half has more continuity. The film did have the ending I expected but there were a few moments in the film where I was beginning to wonder if this would actually happen!
The acting in the film was very good and I enjoyed watching the pair together as the on screen chemistry was realistic and very heartwarming.
The film was released in 1991.
It stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as Harry and Sally.
It runs for 96 minutes.
Of course, this screwy 80s comedy is best known for its one scene where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm, but what the whole thing boils down to is a very mature and satirical look at love and romance, seen through the eyes of two people whose friendship blossoms as they seek to help the other out in love. The comedy side of things is brilliant, and the whole film left me with a big smile on my face throughout, broken only when that smile turned into laughs.
It stars Billy Crystal as Harry, and Meg Ryan as Sally. When they meet, they've just graduated and through a mutual friend share the long drive from Chicago to New York, their conversation at first disjointed, but becoming more and more heated and focused on relationships, as Sally believes Harry is coming on to her. However, as the film progresses and the two of them have a few more chance encounters along the way, we see that Harry's view of love is very cut and dry while Sally has a high maintenance view on, well, pretty much everything.
The script for this film is amazing. As the two become soul mates and best friends, they help each other through the highs and lows of their own relationships. The script keeps the dialogue coming thick and fast, and is a no holds barred exploration of relationships from a male perspective on the one hand, and then the female on the other. Harry and Sally are really vehicles for getting the feelings across, and the majority of the conversation that comes across features stereotypically accepted features such as the adage that men and women can never be friends because the sex always gets in the way.
This is something that our two leads continue to contradict as they become best friends without the sex getting in the way. They are completely comfortable with each other, able to tell each other not only their deepest feelings, but also ask each other advice on physical and actual things, the sort of thing most people would feel completely UNcomfortable about discussing. What is marvellous is the blase way that Crystal and Ryan manage to deliver their performances, making it all seem so flowing and effortless. Really, what we're looking at is two top notch performances. They really do have total chemistry with each other and it's a joy to watch.
The best thing about it is that they show the complete emotional spectrum throughout the film, from the sexual focus at a younger graduate age to the more settling down style as they creep towards their forties. There's no letting up in the sways as the emotional mood swings show themselves in these two characters. I think a lot of it is down to director Rob Reiner just letting them get on with it. There are some brilliant spontaneous outbursts from both actors, with Ryan showing that her acting is not just limited to ditziness and that comedy suits her just fine. Crystal you expect to be funny - it's his genre. But out of all the films I've seen him in, I don't think he's ever been on such top form as he is here. Class performances from both of them.
The script doesn't just aim at comedy though, with tragedy and romance playing huge parts. Were it not for the realistic elements of including some negative moments, I think this would have descended into just another fake contrived film, of which there are already far too many in circulation. I do like the occasional romcom, but there has to be reality included and involved, and it can't just have cheesiness all the way through. When Harry Met Sally manages to incorporate music, films and late night chats, setting your friends up with dates, phoning people cos you just need to, awkwardness and public embarrassment. It's the whole ensemble.
Overall, this is a fab film. I was quite surprised to see it get a place in Empire's Top 500 films of all time, but then I suppose it is pretty much the best romcom around, and one I highly recommend. Great script, fantastic acting from the lead pair, and the sort of film that'll make you laugh more than cry. Recommended.
When Harry Met Sally is my all time favourite film and one that I know so well I could probably recite it word for word from start to finish.
This is one of the true bittersweet romantic omedies, encompassing love and laughter all intermingled with a truly beautiful friendship that grew from very little.
The film follows Harry and Sally through ten years of their life together. We first meet them as they travel together to New York where they will both be attending college. And here we have one of the most memorable quotes from Rom-com history - that men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.
This is the true beauty of this film. It is so simple, genuine and has such a strong sense of realism that you almost believe that Harry and Sally are real people. old friends that you met years ago and will always have a big soft spot for.
Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron are a fantastic combination that make this film what it is. They are able to gentle, sweet and considerate throughout the film, showing Sally's vulnerability without making her seem weak and showing Harry's masculine side without making him seem chauvenistic.
I won't ruin the story for those who haven't yet seen it, but I defy all who are human to not be moved by Harry's closing speech.
A sweet story of love that becomes your best friend after just watching it once. If you don't fall in love with this movie then I can only assume that you fell asleep through most of it!
If you, like me, are already madly in love with this film then you absolutely must watch 'The story of us' from the same winning combination of Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron, staring Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer.
When Harry Met Sally was released 20 years ago now back in 1989 and I loved it then and still love it today. It has all the ingredients for a great movie which it is as it has a great script, brilliant casting in Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan and is extremely entertaining.
The story begins in lives of Harry and Sally back in 1977 as Harry, played by Billy Crystal and Sally played by Meg Ryan share a car journey from Chicago to New York after college. Harry is very smart and announces to the snob Sally that they will never be friends because the sex part always gets in the way. They go their separate ways at the end of the trip and don't see each other for a number of years.
But as fate would have it they meet again a few years later, randomly bumping into one another at an airport, and then once again when she is about to break up with her current boyfriend and he has split up with is wife. Surely they are meant to be together?
I found this to be a great romantic comedy and did have some hilarious moments in it. I liked it as although I guess in the end like all romantic stories it is predictable how they arrive at being friends and maybe more takes along time over a number of years which is interesting. It is fascinating to see them go through their own phases of their lives and different adventures and dramas and then every few years get together again at random.
Add to the story and that fact that Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal really do make it all seem believable as it's not a love at first sight type situation for them and they have weigh up all the pros and cons first. Overall this is one of the best romantic comedies you'll see and is pretty original..
When Harry met Sally is one of my favourite films of all time.
Begining when Harry and Sally meet after college the film is light hearted and the relationship between the pair is fantastic to watch. Billy Crystal is amazing in this film and his character Harrys logic and reasoning for everything in life is hillarious.
The friendship between the two is a beautiful thing and I think everyone secretly has there own harry or sally in life. They are the original Will and Grace.
The film is also a great festive film as a number of the scened throught out years that pass by are christmas and new year scenes. There's something warming about this in the film that makes the romance that more touching.
And of course the famous speech in the last scene is one to make any heart melt even if it is Billy Crystal saying it!!
I know this film line by line and the script is a well thought out one full of wit and banter!
When Harry (Billy Crystal) met Sally (Meg Ryan) in his early 20s the pair didn't immediately hit it off, they drove from Chicago to New York together and on the way they discussed the fundamental differences between men and women. Sally has a very old fashioned view to love and relationships, opting to believe that men and women can be good friends without sex getting in the way however Harry has a more realistic approach and knows that even if a guy doesn't admit it, if he finds a female attractive he's going to want to sleep with her; friend or not. The two reach New York after their hours of disagreeing and Sally drops Harry off thinking it's the last time she'll ever see him again.
Unfortunately for Sally she bumps into the ever so arrogant Harry 5 years later whilst with her boyfriend. Harry is engaged and happier than ever however he's still a realist at heart. The pair chat whilst on a plane and once again go their separate ways only to meet another 5 years later. This time they are both single and living in the same area, they talk and get on like a house on fire. There's a huge chemistry between them but as they are both recently out of relationships they just decide to be friends. Little do they know that they are about to test the burning question of can men and women ever JUST be friends?
When asked what your favourite romantic comedy of all time is it's very likely that out of 10 answers, When Harry Met Sally is likely to crop up at least a couple of times and there's a very good reason for that. When Harry Met Sally is probably the definitive romantic comedy, it has a bit of everything that makes a good romantic comedy whilst still managing to remain original with it's concept and narrative. Forget romantic comedies like Pretty Woman or Love Actually that try to push the boundaries of originality with their distinctive stories. What is similar with all three rom-coms is that they manage to be relatable to audiences and what's more relatable than the story in When Harry Met Sally?
Whatever your views about relationships they'll be something that will undoubtedly strike a cord with you, whether you're a sceptic like Harry or a believer like Sally this film shows that you don't have to always have the same views to connect with someone and I'm sure this film gave a lot of confused and lovesick people some much needed hope!
What I love about this film is that you have two strong lead characters in Harry and Sally, neither one of them are ever willing to give into their ideas concerning love to each other and it shows people that you don't have to change who you are for your partner. By having two headstrong leads it gives the film a little bit of unpredictability, the two people are so fundamentally different it would be impossible to believe that they could ever work as anything more than occasional acquaintances.
The film tries to keep you constantly guessing as to when or if the pair are ever going to admit their feelings for each other and there are numerous times when you think that this might happen, only to be taken in another completely different direction. The story is never formulaic and even though you know what will happen at the end the film always keeps you on your toes and you never know when, what or how something will happen.
The acting is superb, this is the film that launched Meg Ryan's career into overdrive as the newly crowned queen of romantic comedies. I still believe that her performance as Sally is her best to date though. I like how the character of Sally believes in love and relationships yet doesn't portray herself as desperate like some female characters in romantic comedies. Infact it's Harry that shows more of a softer side throughout the film until a scene where Sally's façade finally cracks. Sally embodies every woman, she's just a regular woman gradually maturing and looking for the right man and that's what makes her so relatable. She's just average, she's no Angelina Jolie and it gives hope to women everywhere that infact personality does count.
Billy Crystal makes an excellent turn around from his 21 year old self in the beginning of the movie where he's arrogant and thinks he's Gods gift to women to becoming humble thanks to his friendship to Sally. If there's one downside to his character I'd say that his personality is maybe a bit too big at times and his views tend to overshadow Sally's, leaving her in the background and Harry at the forefront.
The film doesn't just revolve around the two title characters, it includes Harry and Sally's friends in the form of Marie (Carrie Fisher) and Jess (Bruno Kirby), unlike some films these characters actually have personalities and aren't just confidants for the main characters to turn to. Marie is Sally's best friend and is in a relationship with a married man and Jess is just as chauvinistic as Harry but quickly shows his soft side when he meets Marie.
The story runs along at a quick pace meaning you're never bored, although not along happens, the script is so sharp that it will keep you enthralled for the entire 96 minutes of the running time. The film is separated with segments of old married couples talking about how they met, this may seem irrelevant to the story at first but by the end it will all neatly fall into place.
If you're only going to watch this film for one reason watch it for the famous deli scene where Sally tries to prove a point to Harry that men are oblivious as to when a woman is faking it. She proves her point in the most exuberant of fashions and the scene has gone down (pardon the pun) as one of the most recognisable scenes of all time.
The DVD is currently available from play.com for £4.99.
The special features include:
Original Theatrical Trailer
'The Making Of' - How Harry Met Sally
Audio commentary by Director Rob Reiner
Harry Connick Music Video - 'It Had To Be You'
7 Deleted Scenes
This is a film which I have wanted to see for such a long time but have never gotten around to it. When I saw it for a bargain price in Tesco I just had to get it much to hubby disapproval!
Sally is introduced to Harry by a college friend as she is driving to New York to try and make it as a journalist and offers to give Harry a life. The 18 hour journey is not a good one for the pair as they find they disagree on so much and the main thing is that men and women cannot be friends as sex always gets in the way. The two finally arrive in New York and say their goodbye's.
The film then moves on 5 years and the pair are reunited as they meet when Sally is saying goodbye to her boyfriend at the airport and Sally soon discovers that Harry has not changed. As the years move on again the pair have again lost contact but soon meet again and become friend, they discover that they have both just ended relationships and their friendship reunites and they start spending their time together to help each other get over their relationships.
Just how far will their friendship go and will they ever find love?
I have to say I really did enjoy this film. The storyline was excellent and very easy to follow. I found I did not need to use much brain power to follow what was happening even when the story would jump a few years into the future. The characters were excellent and I thought Billy Crystal was definitely the star of the film. He came across as such a ladies man at the beginning but soon we did learn he had another caring side and I loved how he developed throughout the film. Meg Ryan was great in her role of Sally and I loved hoe she too grew throughout the film. I think the pair worked very well together and had a great chemistry which was apparent throughout the whole film.
There were a few good supporting actors and I liked the roles of Harry and sally's best friends. I was shocked when I found out Carrie Fisher was playing the role of Marie as she looked nothing like her Star Wars role of Leia. She did a good job and I loved how deluded she was about her lover.
The film doe shave some very funny moments and for me this made for better viewing. My favourite had to be the restaurant scene when Sally is trying to explain to Harry how easy it is for a woman to fake it when they are having sex. Both me and hubby laughed out loud at this scene and thought that they must have had some fun filming it. There was a lot of spoken funny moments in the film and hubby did find these funnier than I did. They did make a lot of references to how a relationship changed after marriage and we could both relate the this!
The film was firstly set in 1977 and this was very apparent from the style of clothing the characters were wearing and then it moved to the 1980's and this too was very funny to see how the fashions and technology has moved on in such a short time. I think the films sets and costumes were all excellent and even though some of the things looked outdated now the film was still a very good watch. The music was also very good and it was mostly arranged by Harry Connick, I think it was a very appropriate soundtrack and helped make the film as good as it was.
The DVD which we have does have a few bonus features which include;-
Original Theatrical Trailer
The Making of WHMS - When Harry met Sally
Audio Commentary by Rob Reiner
Harry Connick Music Video - 'It Had To Be You'
As I am not a fan of bonus features I have not taken to time to watch any of these so am unable to give comment on them.
The running time of this film is 1 hour and 32 minutes and I have to say that I enjoyed every single one of them. The certificate is a 15 as it does contain strong language and moderate sex references and I do agree with this rating. I managed to pick this DVD up for just £3 in Tesco which I felt to be a great price.
Overall I do recommend this film as it has it all, romance, comedy, excellent acting and a brilliant music score. Definitely one to see if you have not done so already.
This is a amazing film and one of my all time favourites. I just watched this film for like the hundredth time there now and i am still nowhere nearly fed up of it. The story is a beautiful one and it is very sweet. The first time that i watched this which was quite along time ago. I remember thinking even then that it was probably one of the best that i would ever see. It kept me guessing what would happen and i loved the two main leads which were chosen for it. The way that they meet at the beginning is quite comical as are their initial reactions to each other which were even more so. To say that Sally greets harry with hostility at the beginning would be a understatement of great proportions but they have great chemistry and watching it you can really believe the story involving them and get wrapped up in it.
They both are brilliant in it and really make the film enjoyable to watch. The plot for this is brilliant and is one that is realistic to life to because sometimes things like this do happen in reality. The film is funny in so many ways and there is a lot of laughs to be enjoyed thanks to it. The storyline is very good and there is not one part of this film were it dips in its brilliance. It remains interesting and grabs your attention from the start to the finish. I cant see anyone not liking this film although i know that everybody is different. I think that this is wonderful and that it would be incredibly hard not to like.
Although i say it did keep me guessing which it did, there was still a few parts which were undeniably quite predictable but this film was so brilliant that i really couldn't have cared less about that when i was watching it. The end to this film was brilliant and was quite surprising as well but it was certainly a very good one. This has a great balance of comedy and romance and neither of the two outweighs the other too much. The storyline sweeps along strongly and entertainingly and never fails to maintain its greatness. There is no bad starts or less than good areas to be seen in this. This film leaves you excited as to what is going to happen and if your reaction to it is in any way similar to mine.
You will have your hopes up as to how it is going to end and you will be hoping it ends a certain way. This is delightful and it is a feel good film. It makes you smile and there is even parts that a lot of people could relate to themselves. I believe that this film is not strictly a girly film and i think it will be equally as entertaining for men to watch as it would be for women. Harry is very funny and although the story is a very romantic one. I think that there is a lot of parts which they can enjoy as well such as the friendship with Harry and his guy friend and some of the parts including them.
I also think that most people regardless of weather they are male or female. Will find the situation with Harry and Sally amusing and i doubt that there is many who wont laugh when it gets to the famous orgasm scene which inspired my review title. Special Effects? I dont recall any in the film although "if there is" then i cant believe i missed them because i have watched this so many times lol. Saying that i really don't watch films for special effects or pay much attention to them myself. In my opinion this film doesn't require for any special effect or fancy things "to be added to it" at all because it couldn't be any better than it already is and it certainly doesn't need anything to jazz it up.
This explores Harry and Sally's friendship well and it is true to life in how unpredictable that friendships can be. The storyline is put across very well "it is easy" to understand and never is it confusing. I really like that about it because i particularly hate films that leave me confused and wondering what happened and thankfully this doesn't. I think that it is interesting and quite intriguing watching how Harry and Sally's friendship develops. It has that magic that only a few romantic films have ever had and the soundtrack is absolutely fabulous. I found that i liked every single song used in the soundtrack and that doesn't happen a lot because i am very picky when it comes to music but with the amazing songs included in this. I believe it would be hard not to like it because the music is brilliant, it goes perfectly with this film and really fits in with each part of the story.
This is the sort of film that i believe is a classic and i also think that anyone who has already seen it will enjoy taking a sentimental and entertaining revisit back to it. To watch it once again or if your like me then you may even be watching it for the millionth time lol. The question that this film asks is weather men and women really can be just friends or if sex will eventually get in the way and seeing how this turns out makes for one very entertaining film. I wouldn't say that the idea isn't one that i have seen used previously because i have seen it before but i have never seen it used quite so humorously,wittily and entertainingly. When Harry Met Sally Makes the idea its own and puts it across the best that i have ever seen a film do so.
Meg Ryan is just as brilliant in this as she is in all of her other films. This is to the same standard as the rest were such as city of angels, you've got mail. Meg plays the role of Sally Albright she is very convincing as Sally and very funny to. She brings the character to life in a way i don't think any other actress maybe would have done quite as well. Some of the conversations, no actually most of the conversation's her and Harry engage in are very humorous and interesting to watch. Sally is very sensitive and is taken a back quite a lot of the time by harry's bluntness and seemingly one tracked mindedness. Its funny because at the beginning she seems very annoyed by him and how he acts. She even seems uncomfortable in his company but she seems intrigued as well.
I think it would be hard to show so many reactions to one person and show all of them as convincingly as she managed to and it didn't even seem as if she was trying overly hard either. I think Meg was very daring in the orgasm scene and i think most people would have been embarrassed if they had tried that or been in the room in which it took place lol. After some consideration i have decided that in my opinion this film is her best one yet and in my opinion City Of Angels was her second best. I also loved that film but i prefer the character she plays in this to that of the one she played in city of angels because Sally is a lot more funny and entertaining were as the person she played in City Of Angels was quite serious and the film as a whole was a lot more of a serious and intense one in general. It appealed to me mainly due to the spiritual side of it and it was outstanding, well except for the end because i really didn't like it. I would recommend watching it as well although I think i prefer light hearted romantic comedy's, and Meg Ryan fits that genre perfectly.
The wonderful Billy Crystal plays the role of Harry, when Harry first meets Sally they don't hit it off and the next time they meet he is married. There is a long gap in-between times before they really connect and become friends. Billy is an amazing actor and i liked all of the other films he starred in as well. In my opinion he brings a very unique sort of humour to the film. Harry is a sarcastic,quite dark humoured man and he seems the total opposite of Sally. Billy is very believable as Harry and really makes his character come to life. Even though he seems uncaring at times he has a warmness about him as well and is actually quite sensitive at parts. He is mostly quite macho but when he needs to be sensitive. He is and he is convincingly so. I think that Billy is quite a bit more open to all kinds of roles were as Meg excels in the romantic comedy's.
QUOTE FROM THE FILM
Harry Burns -You realize of course that we could never be friends.
Sally Albright - Why not?
Harry Burns - What I'm saying is ... and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form is that men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.
Sally Albright -That's not true. I have a number of men friends and there is no sex involved.
Harry Burns - No you don't.
Sally Albright -Yes I do.
Harry Burns - No you don't.
Sally Albright -Yes I do.
Harry Burns -You only think you do.
Sally Albright -Your say I'm having sex with these men without my knowledge?
Harry Burns - No, what I'm saying is they all want to have sex with you.
Sally Albright -They do not.
Harry Burns -Do too.
Sally Albright -They do not.
Harry Burns -Do too.
Sally Albright - How do you know?
Harry Burns - Because no man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her.
Sally Albright - So, you're saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive?
Harry Burns - No. You pretty much want to nail 'em too.
Sally Albright: - What if they don't want to have sex with you?
Harry Burns - Doesn't matter because the sex thing is already out there so the friendship is ultimately doomed and that is the end of the story.
Sally Albright - Well, I guess we're not going to be friends then.
Harry Burns - I guess not.
Sally Albright: - That's too bad. You were the only person I knew in New York.
This is just some of the faboulous songs to be heard on the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack. I think that each and everyone of them is brilliant.
* "It Had To Be You" performed by Frank Sinatra.
* "Our Love Is Here To Stay" Performed by Louis Armstrong and Harry Connick Jr.
* "Don't Pull Your Love" Performed by Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and Tommy Reynolds.
* "Ramblin' Man" performed by The Allman Brothers Band.
* "Right Time Of The Night" performed by Jennifer Warne's.
* "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" performed by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
* "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" performed by Bing Crosby.
I adore this film and if i had to choose my top ten films this would probably be number two on the list. The music is perfect, the actors and actresses are superb and the whole film is brilliant. In my opinion it is definitely one to add to your dvd collection. I think that most people who have seen it will agree and i believe that those who have yet to watch it. if there are any are in for a treat because this is really good. There is nothing missing from this film and every minute of it is interesting and entertaining to watch. Another two people who really added to the film were Jess played by Bruno Kirby (Harry's friend) and Marie played by Carrie Fisher(Sally's friend) They were also well thought up characters to this already excellent film. Not many films can be watched more than once and still be as good as they were the very first time that you seen them. I believe that this really is and no matter how many times i see it. I always want to see it again.
REASONS THAT I LOVE THIS FILM
* The story based around harry and sally which is interesting,sweet and lovely.
* Meg Ryan because she's an excellent actress who has been in a lot of good films.
* Billy Crystal because he is brilliant actor who also has a lot of other good films.
* How effortlessly funny it was.
* The idea for the film which couldn't be any better.
* There was not one part of this which i could say was boring or bad.
* The fabulous soundtrack which is loaded with brilliant songs.
This can be gotten on ebay for £5.99 with free p&p
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When Harry Met Sally is a classic of the romantic comedy genre, purely because it's a lot more honest than 99% of the films, and actually looks to examine the interplay between genders rather than adhere to the firmly regimented stereotypes of "men are from Earth, women are from Venus".
The film depicts Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan), two young people who have very different views on the nature of friendships between men and women. Harry believes that men and women can't be friends because sex will always get in the way - it's only if the guy is already taken that this will work. Sally, however, believes that this is entirely wrong, believing that a man and a woman can be friends. Over a long number of years, the film chronicles their various interactions as they meet, debate the dynamic of relationships between men and women, and then depart. It traces their own separate relationships, and then of course posits the idea that Harry and Sally might be compatible, and whilst the film does end in the most arbitrary and predictable way possible, it's a concession that's very much earned by everything before it.
This is a winning romantic comedy because it doesn't talk down to its audience - it highlights gender differences whilst also being a lot more complex than the majority of the films in the genre. Rob Reiner delivers the necessary sensitivity but it's also one of the more honest, and therefore funniest films that the genre has ever seen.
Extremely well written, and there's an undeniable chemistry between Crystal and Ryan, but the ending just seemed like the easy way out, and moreover, seemed to undo the point the film was making. Nevertheless, this film has an enduring legacy and has been an influence on every smart romantic comedy since.
In my eyes the best all round romantic comedy ever made.
Harry and Sally revolves around the two main characters, you guessed it named Harry and Sally. They share a car journey to New York and strongly dislike each other, they then meet again by chance a few times over the years before they eventually become aquaintances.
They then through a series of meetings and late night telephone calls become best friends. The cinematography is beautiful in these moments, with a split screen visualising both characters as they talk on the phone.
The two of them then set up their invidiual best friends on a date with the other, which of course doesn't go to plan and their two best friends eventualy move in together. This leaves Harry and Sally alone and single again. Harry who is still recovering from a messy divorce and Sally whose pretending to cope well with the breakdown of her longterm relationship because her partner didn't want children or to get married.
After bumping into their partners and having their worlds turned upside down which leads to Sally asking Harry to come over when she's upset which then leads to the inevitable....
However the film doesn't end there, I won't tell you anymore but I'm sure we've all seen Harry's final speech on those greatest movie clips shows. It melts my heart everytime.
Ryan holds her own opposite the always witty Crystal. And there are many memorable moments. The emotions all feel real and you really do care about the characters and their journeys. The supporting case are all superb and this film will make you both laugh and cry, you'll either see yourself as a Harry or Sally. Once watched it's easiy to understand as to why this is often referred to as a classic.
Any script writers hoping to move into the romantic comedy area need to view this film, it's a perfect script and not a single moment seems out of place or awkward. (Unlike "Is it raining, I hadn't noticed?" in Four Weddings and a Funeral)
Definatly not one to miss.
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Awards: It was nominated for Oscar in Best Writing category and won BAFTA award for the best screenplay.
Story Line: The story revolves around two friends Harry and Sally who share a long drive to New york as they leave college and immediately fall in hatred. But as time pass they keep bumping into each other and eventually become close friends. The movie is about how the emotions and relation between these two characters evolve as they jump from one relationship to another, but they decide to stay friends themselves forever.
Can a man and woman be friends forever!?. Well you got to see this movie to get the answer!
My View: A typical Meg Ryan film. I think she is in a way queen of romantic flicks and am sure many people will agree with me. A very sweet film and to a certain extent very predictable as well. But you can't help but fall in love with the characters. The writing and direction of play is excellent and the movie all the time keep a firm focus on their relationship without wandering off. One of the most popular film of Rob Reiner's (director of A few good men).
One of the memorable and now very famous scene of the movie is Sally's fake orgasm in a coffee shop, which is more a series of moans and screams than actual words.
Highly recommended film to see with your special one on Valentine's Day.
When Harry Met Sally it wasn't your usual fairytale romantic story. This is a little more real than your average romance film.
Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) meet in college though a friend whom Harry is dating. He and Sally drive together from Chicago to New York City to begin their working lives. During the road trip they argue and have different opinions on most topics of conversation, most notably Harrys statement of "men and women can't be friends because the sex part gets in the way". When they reach New York City they part and are no closer than when they first started on the journey. Over the years they meet randomly around New York and eventually become good friends. It isn't until near the end of the film that Harrys question is answered in relation to their friendship.
I thought Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal were really perfect for the characters, they had just the right amount of chemistry and carried off the witty writting perfectly. I also loved the added touch of older couples statements of how they met scattered throughout the film.
This is a bit old now, but is still great as a watchable film with a loved one.
It was a big romantic film of the late 80s, just before Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail etc....and it includes famous scenes such as a fake orgasm in a cafe, and the theme about 'whether or not men and women can ever really be friends'....
It's a well-made film about relationships in general, and the twists and turns of the two central characters in their off-on relationship in particular. It's quite memorable and entertaining. Some scenes just summarise aspects of love so well.
Billy Crystal is a bit Woody Allen-ish, and you have to get used to this, but his character grows on you, and Meg Ryan is very good at these light comedy parts.
The device where old married couples sit on a sofa and reflect on their long relationships - where we can see the love still sparkling between them - is also lovely.
A bit of a classic this film really, about a rather relevant subject.
It does take awhile to get used to the very American city-based characters.
When Harry met Sally is a lovely romantic film but at times it can be quite slow and not much seems to be happening. It is the sort of film that a couple might watch together. It is not suitable for younger viewers as there is quite a lot of strong language and quite a few sex references.
The story is about two people, Harry and Sally, who don't particularly get on well together and have a lot of difference of opinion. By chance they keep meeting each other throughout different times of their life and find themselves growing to know and love each other.
The story is nice and romantic but not much more. It is very much the same as a lot of other romantic films and very predictable which is a shame as there is a lot of opportunity to extend this film into more.
The main two characters are played by Meg Ryan (Sally) and Billy Crystal (Harry) and other than that there are not really many other actors that stand out.
I would recommend that it is a film worth seeing if you have never seen it before and if you enjoy watching romantic films but don't expect anything out of the ordinary or special. However I would not suggest that anyone pay full price for this dvd as it is the kind of film that you would watch once and not again.
The dvd copy of the film that I own also includes some special features. These include the original trailer, 'The making of...' featurette, audio commentary, deleted scenes and a music video.
Running Time : 1hr 32mins
Price : Less than £5 (in most high street stores) Don't pay more!
Certificate : 15 - Strong language and sex references
Im probably the last person to see this however i watched it around a friends a few nights ago, not realising how old it was when i picked it out.. however its obviously evident once you start watching it as it was made back in 1989. Dont let this put you off though as id class it as one of those clasics that will remain timeless and be watched by many, if you havent seen it either id say its definitely worth viewing.
The plot itself is actually pretty straight forward, which i think adds to the viewability of the film. The basic plot is as follows; Two people bump into each other over the years, start of hating each other initally after getting off on the wrong foot, however their relationship grows into an adorable friendship. This friendship is tested when stronger feelings get in the way, proving the well know theory that men and women cant just be friends.
The DVD has a documentry included which was made in 2000, and interviews all the origional cast, as to why the film was made ect. however this is the only extra given.
Highly influential, When Harry Met Sally revitalised (in 1988) the moribund romantic comedy genre, made a superstar of Meg Ryan, and in two minutes of heavy breathing gave cinema one of its most memorable scenes. Set over 12 years in New York, young professionals Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) go from meeting to becoming friends to, well--this is a romantic comedy. Benefiting from an observant and witty script by Nora Ephron, it also offers insight into the differences between men and women. More importantly it's very funny, though the most hilarious scene is also the least believable: Sally is really too conventional to do that in a crowded restaurant. Knowingly modern, the picture's snappy one liners, neurotic honesty and straight-to-camera interludes are in the tradition of Woody Allen's New York Jewish humour, a prime example being Annie Hall (1976), while the inspired use of standards not only made a star of Harry Connick Jnr. but started a trend developed in Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and Love's Labour's Lost (2000). Perfectly played, with excellent support from Carrie Fisher, When Harry Met Sally is the archetypal modern romantic comedy. On the DVD: There's an excellent 33-minute documentary made in 2000 which interviews all the key players talking candidly not so much about how the film was made but why, and revealing just how much of it is actually based upon director Rob Reiner and star Billy Crystal's own experiences and personalities (the story about Reiner acting out the fake orgasm scene for Meg Ryan is priceless). There are seven short deleted scenes (easy to see why they didn't make the final cut) and a commentary track by Reiner, which contains a lot of space and does little more than repeat the information in the documentary. The anamorphically enhanced 1.77: 1 picture though a touch grainy in dark scenes is generally rich and detailed with excellent colour. Audio is stereo, and only blossoms when there is a song on the soundtrack. There are 14 subtitle options including English for Hard of Hearing.--Gary S Dalkin