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Genre: Drama / Theatrical Release: 1998 / Director: Nora Ephron / Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan ... / DVD released 23 August, 1999 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen

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      05.10.2013 09:23
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      A great feel good film

      Film Only Review of You've Got Mail

      You've Got Mail is a 1998 film based around two people who own book stores - Joe Fox (played by Tom Hanks) owns a national chain of large stores namely 'Fox Books' and Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan) owns a small and quaint independent store, called 'The Shop around the Corner'. He is due to open a large store close by to her shop which she and her staff worry could really impact on their business. The film is set in New York and although the two people are rivals in their day to day roles and his new store could be the downfall of her business, they strike up a relationship online over a chat room (completely unknowing that it is their rival that they're talking to) and get on really well over the internet to the point that their chats start to take over their everyday lives. They set ground rules at the start that no specific information of their everyday lives would be given over the internet so they don't realise who each other are. But will they find out who they are talking to and what will be the consequences?

      Their conversations provide a major part of the structure of the film, as well as the running of their businesses and their everyday lives away from the computer. We see life from the viewpoint of the small bookstore and then see life from the viewpoint of running the large bookstore and I found this very believable. I felt that, after reading about the plot before watching the film, I would be whole heartedly on the side of the lady with the small bookstore, with the larger bookstore coming in and trying to take over, but I actually found Tom Hanks' character to be very likeable, although ruthless. He plays the role extremely well, as does Meg Ryan and together they are perfect for the two roles. After watching the film, I wouldn't say that I felt closer to one of the two main characters over the other - I felt that I liked both of them equally so the plot did change my view slightly from when I started to watch.

      There have been a lot of comparisons made by others to the film Sleepless in Seattle, in which Hanks and Ryan both star, although I can't make that comparison because I've never seen that film myself.

      You've Got Mail is also quite funny in places, although I think that the comedy side is quite limited overall. I find that most of the comedy is based around a lot of small one liners that make me chuckle, rather than full scenes that are comical and make me laugh out loud. Having said that, I do think that these one liners are needed and the film would really miss them if they weren't there.

      When the two characters chat online, it makes you fully aware that you can be chatting to anyone at all - even someone you might know. One owns a huge number of stores and one owns a small shop and although they are in a similar area of business, their day to day lives are different and yet they get on extremely well when talking to each other.

      This is one of my favourite films. I must have seen it around 15 times in total, since it's release. I find it a very endearing film and at the time of it's release, the internet was something fairly new to me so I thought it was a very topical thing - I think the storyline of being based around the internet was it's first attraction to me but even now that the internet plays such a huge part in my life (yet I never visit chat rooms), I still find the film a great one to watch. It is also a film that I don't find I need to put much effort into - even on my first watch, I remember that although I was glued to the film, it didn't require much brainpower from me to follow the storyline and plot. It's running time is 114 minutes and although that seemed initially quite long to me (I like short films!), the length feels perfect for the storyline.

      It is an extremely endearing film - it's only rated a PG which I find a fair rating and I personally think would be suitable for viewing with older children, although due to it's storyline, I don't think the majority of older children would find it a very interesting film.

      I've rated You've Got Mail 5 dooyoo stars. It's an excellent film that I can put on anytime and still enjoy, even though I've seen it lots of times previously. It's a great, loveable, endearing film that I would recommend to anyone would likes romantic comedies. I find it's a great film for me to watch while I'm ironing or cleaning because I don't need to really focus on it to follow the plot along. It's a classic to me now!

      Running Time: 114 minutes
      Rating: PG
      Available on DVD from Amazon for £3

      Thanks for reading :o)

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        19.01.2012 22:00
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        A great 90s romcom

        One of my favourite things about Christmas is the telly. At no other time of year are there as many great films, both old and new, to watch on telly and I tend to watch one almost every day. Yesterday I was reminded how much I love Edward Scissorhands and earlier today I saw a film that I haven't seen in years: You've Got Mail. I remember having seen this film a few times in my life but only remembered the basic plot and so it was nice to watch it again as if almost for the first time. One of the things that I enjoy about romantic comedies is that you can watch them several times without really tiring of them.

        == You've Got Mail ==

        Set and made at the end of the 1990s, when the internet was becoming more and more popular if not quite in its heyday as it is now, 'You've Got Mail' is a romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Joe (Hanks) and Kathleen (Ryan) meet on an internet chat room and start emailing back and forth in a flirtatious manner. They know that they both live in New York City but know no other personal details about the other person, sharing their thoughts and talking about many things apart from personal things about their lives and work. This means that when they meet in real life they do not recognise each other, which is lucky as they dislike each other almost instantly. Kathleen owns a small children's bookshop, whose livelihood is threatened when Joe's company opens a gigantic bookstore just over the road. They eventually decide to meet and.... well, that would be telling you too much.

        == What I Thought ==

        'You've Got Mail' is a classic romantic comedy that I enjoy every time that I see it. As it was made at the end of the 1990s, it is less full of the film clichés that more recent romantic comedies are peppered with and feels much more original. On top of that, it doesn't really get old and a lot of its themes, such as big businesses threatening smaller ones and the joys and worries of meeting people online, are still relevant now and probably will continue to be so for a long time. In that way, this film is fairly timeless and is unlikely to date massively for years to come. There were some great comedy moments and the acting from Hanks and Ryan as well as other supporting cast members was to be commended. The soundtrack was good and appropriate, with a version of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' making a great song to end the film. While this is not a film that I would watch more than once a year or so, I love watching it every now and then and enjoy it greatly each time I do.

        == Conclusion ==

        At only £2.99 on Amazon for the DVD, 'You've Got Mail' is an absolute bargain. I would happily pay a few pounds more, in fact, for this film as I did really enjoy it, so would say that it is certainly worth this price. It is also available in a box set along with another Meg Ryan film, 'Addicted To Love', for only £5 which is also a good deal. Although I get sick of the romantic comedy and chick flick genres if I watch too many of their films in quick succession, a good quality one every now and then is always enjoyable, and 'You've Got Mail' is certainly good quality. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes romcoms as a rule as well as to those who, like me, are not avid fans of them but who enjoy a good one every now and then.

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          18.10.2011 16:16
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          lovely chick flick

          You've got mail is a film that I have wanted to see for some time because it seems like it is one of them old chick flicks that everyone has seen and enjoyed, it also helped that I had recently watched Sleepless in Seattle which I liked and this has the same two leads in Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, especially since I really love Meg Ryan's films these days after When Harry Met Sally.

          The plot is quite different, I doubt you would get it nowadays after all the horror stories in the media about people meeting each other online and being killed etc, this would probably be seen as encouraging them! Kathleen and Joe are both in relationships and enjoy living in New York's Upper West Side, but what their partners don't know is the virtual relationship they are having online as shopgirl and ny152. However while they are chatting online, in real life they start a war with each other as Joe owns a chain called fox bookstores who are opening a new store, right next to Kathleen's small independent book shop, and it doesn't look like its going to survive, but what about their relationship.

          This was another Hanks and Ryan film I really liked, and I'm going to have to check and see if there's any others! Their relationship seemed really natural just as in Sleepless in Seattle, and I liked that they spent some more time together in this film than Sleepless in Seattle! The sub plot regarding the book shop also really interested me, since there doesn't seem too many independent small book shops left here! It is currently available on amazon for £2.69 or from 1p used plus postage.

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            23.04.2010 14:56
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            Pretty decent romantic comedy

            You've Got Mail was realeased in 1998 and stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the main roles as the two people brought together. It is of course another romantic comedy/drama of which there are probably too many but this one is slightly different in the fact that it deals with them meeting on the internet. With the internet taking over many lives nowadays and being used more and more it was only amount of time before this featured heavily in movies. For me, I thought this movie was a wonderful romantic tale of two New Yorkers who had everything they wanted right there for them but didn't even know it.

            In this story Meg Ryan plays Kathleen Kelly and she owns a little book shop in New York. Her store mainly sells children's books. Her mother owned this shop before she sadly passed away. Unfortunately her small book shop's livelehood is being threatened by a huge book shop called Fox Books that's being built down the road.

            Tom Hanks is Joe Fox and along with his father and grandfather own the Fox Books empire. They laugh at all small businesses that try and get in their way and their domination.

            A few weeks pass and Joe and Kathleen meet at a party and don't exactly get on or see eye to eye initially. There are both involved with other partners at the time too. When Kathleen finds out who he actually is then the sparks really fly and there is no chance of them getting on.

            The interesting part of this movie comes in the form of their internet chats they are having with each other, but not known to either of them that is each other they are talking to as they have different internet chat names. When Joe finds out it is her the question is will he tell her or not, knowing she will probably hate him for putting her shop out of business?

            I thought the storyline was quick paced and quite original and there is chemistry between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks who both excel at their parts they play. I thought that there were some funny situations and some good one-liners throughout this movie.

            This is probably worth seeing as it's something a bit different in terms of romantic comedies from two decent actors.

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            08.03.2010 17:48
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            Modern day Pride and Prejudice is a hit for me!

            You've Got Mail stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks as two booksellers who hate each other's guts. Meg Ryan is Kathleen Kelly, the owner of an independent bookstore, and Hanks is Joe Fox, the owner of the Fox Books empire (like Waterstones I guess) and Kathleen's arch-enemy. However, all is not as it seems. Kathleen and Joe are actually forming a friendship via email, but they haven't realised. What will happen when they decide to meet each other for the first time?

            You've Got Mail is a charming story and director Nora Ephron purposefully goes back to an old-fashioned romance where the protagonists go no further than a kiss on screen. In fact, the film is based on a 1940s film called "Shop Around the Corner" which is referenced in the name of Meg Ryan's shop. The film also references Pride and Prejudice, and the way Elizabeth and Darcy start off by disliking each other.

            Ryan and Hanks play their characters well, especially Ryan as the quirky independent book shop owner taking on the big guns. All of the co-stars are really good too, especially Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn and Heather Burns as Kathleen's mad co-workers. The soundtrack is lovely, with lots of Harry Nilsson songs and The Cranberries.

            This is a film to watch over and over, if you're a girl that is, and if you're a boy, you might be amused by all the Godfather references!

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            20.02.2010 06:36

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            Definitely one to see!

            I adore You've Got Mail, just as I adore Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. These two are a perfect pair in this wonderful little love story. Hanks is fantastic, he plays the hard hitting big business man, but with a softer side, and Ryan is the sweet and innocent, but with a nasty bark little local book shop owner. The two go head to head in business, but without realising it they are also going heart to heart at home - via the internet. You will be hanging on the edge of their seat when they finally agree to meet and they are about to find out that their secret internet friends, who they have come to trust, respect and maybe even love, are in fact the very people that are making each others lives miserable in reality. I won't spoil it for you but the film will definitely leave you satisfied with lots of warm and fuzzy feelings!

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            Give it a chance, even if your bag is usually shoot-em-up action thrillers!

            ~~The Main Cast Etc...~~

            Director - Nora Ephron
            Writers - Miklos Laszlow
            Nora Ephron
            Delia Ephron
            Hero - Tom Hanks
            Heroine - Meg Ryan

            ~~The Main Gist~~

            Taking inspiration from The Shop Around The Corner (1940 Ernst Lubitsch), two New Yorkers become cyber penpals after meeting in a chatroom. Little do they realise their cyber-buddy whom they are rapidly falling for is actually a huge enemy they have actually met face-to-face.

            ~~The Main Characters~~

            Meg Ryan plays Kathleen Kelly, an owner of a tiny independant children's bookstore called The Little Shop Around The Corner in the heart of New York. She is a quirky comical slightly nervous person sharing an apartment with her semi-serious boyfriend - a guy obsessed with his typewriter and politics.

            Tom Hanks plays Joe Fox, a millionaire businessman who runs a chain of books with his father and grandfather called 'Fox Books'. He lives in a rather expensive apartment also in New York with his rather bitchy neurotic but good-looking girlfriend and his dog. He has just moved into the neighbourhood to get his new store of Fox Books opened... right opposite Kathleen Kelly's shop.

            ~~The Setting~~

            Where else could you expect a semi-arty romcom written by Ephron to be situated but the Big Apple? With its beautiful parks, skating rinks, bagel houses and coffee shops, it is ideal for this kind of film and works beautifully making it a joy to watch aswell as listen to.

            ~~The Soundtrack~~

            I truly believe that a soundtrack can often make or break a movie and this film is no exception. It matches Ephron's quirky style with songs mainly written/performed by Harry Nillson to The Cranberries 'Dreams', Bobby Darin 'Splish Splash' and tracks by Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman to name but a few. The choices of song really enhance the experience of each scene - making them sadder, funnier and so on.

            ~~So what did I think?~~

            I think everyone should give this film a chance, I have not met anyone who dislikes this film - there is something that everyone can get out of it - whether you are a typical girly who likes to blub into the Kleenex or someone who likes a bit of cynicism. It goes alongside films such as 'When Harry Met Sally' or 'Serendipity'. A real gem of a film that I have not tired of yet; and with such a wonderful soundtrack... who could?!

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            31.01.2010 17:42
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            Classic rom com, great for a night in, leaves you with a warm feeling!

            This is a romantic comedy which stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (who also starred together in Sleepless in Seattle). Whilst the story is somewhat predictable-girl meets boy on the internet and they fall in love-simple some might say but add a few twists and turns on the way and you have a warm and loveable film suitable for cold afternoons on the sofa or cosy evenings with a loved one. Tom Hank's character is in the book business as a proprietor of a big book chain-Fox books where as Meg Ryan owns one of the most beautiful children's book stores I have ever seen-'Shop around the corner' which her mother before owned-they are in competition! Whilst both confide in each other online neither realises who they are in reality. Eventually the children's book store is forced out of business and the main character's begin to build a friendship-then comes happy ever after! The interaction between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are magical and yet believable.
            This film is certificate PG. Well worth a watch.

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              26.12.2009 23:51
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              Oozy cutie, Cutie oozy

              Some films are designated oozy cutie, cutie oozy films that are tailor made for those romantic evenings in with the spouse/partner... or maybe those tear spilling evenings when you are all alone and you are wondering why you cannot get someone just like Tom or Meg, where you ask yourself why fate has dealt you the losing hand and why your life is like a pile of poop.

              But...what the hey?

              Seriously, these films seem to fall off the conveyor belt like a ready-made doll, and you know what? You just cannot help enjoying them, evening though you know they are made just so the film studios can make big bucks and the actors can get paid millions for doing nothing much save for looking cute/brave/pretty/handsome...
              You've Got Mail is one such film.

              When I first watched it, I was in the throes of love and marriage, and my ex and I fell into the oozy cutie trap. We watched the love between Tom and Meg blossom, we laughed at the whimsical comedy scenes. It... pushed all the right buttons...

              So, to the plot...

              Kathleen Kelly, played by Meg Ryan, owns a small children's bookshop "The Shop Around the Corner."

              She loves her shop; she loves the children to come into the store, reads them stories in fact. During such a reading, Tom Hanks calls in with some children he is looking after (I am not going into too much detail here because it is complicated). The attraction is there from the start.

              However a big discount bookshop is opening soon. Fox Books and Sons. Joe Fox, played by Tom Hanks, is one of the sons.

              Meanwhile, both Kathleen and Joe (from now on known as Meg and Tom) have been emailing each other without actually knowing the other person is. They met in a chat room and get on quite well via cyber space.

              When Fox's books open, Meg decides to cross swords with the big conglomerate. Tom is her big adversary and... well... so on and so on. Meg asked her email pal for help and he does his best, both of them not knowing who the other is.

              This is a will they, won't they movie, in which you know they most certainly will.

              I did enjoy it a lot when I watched it, but when I catch it nowadays I find myself watching the odd bit. I find it better than Sleepless In Seattle (another Tom and Meg collaboration). The are lots of laughs, lots of good scenes.

              Other bits...

              This 1998 film also stars: Greg Kinnear as Frank Navasky, Parker Posey and Jean Stapleton.

              It was written by Miklos Laszlo and directed by Nora Ephron.

              It has also been known at You Have Mail, and You've Got M@il!

              Runtime: 119 minutes.

              Quality of acting: Very good for what it is.

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                14.10.2009 23:15
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                A Decent Film But Nothing Special

                Well I just reviewed Sleepless in Seattle, so thought it only right that I review this film next. You've got mail was the kind of follow up to the brilliant Sleepless in Seattle. Directed again by Nora Ephron and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, even though this was a completely different story they were clearly trying to recapture the onsceen magic.

                This film was released back in 1998 and was a big hit, but to be honest that was really on the back of the sucess of Sleepless in Seattle. Even though this is a good film it never really got close to it previous film.

                The film tells the story of two New York book shop owners. First of all we have Kathleen Kelly played by Meg Ryan. She owns a small book shop that is great on service and a nice friendly place to be. Then comes Joe Fox played by Hanks. He is an owner of a huge book chain, Fox books and is opening a mega store just round the corner from Kathleens little shop. Needless to say this causes the little book shop massive problems.

                While all this is going on Kathleen is in a relationship where she is not happy and meets someone online. He emails her most days, hence 'you've got mail'. And the relationship develops. So the story follows that relationship as it progresses and the meet up, with a suprising twist, for Kathleen if not the watchers.

                I enjoyed this film, but it really is nothing special. It meanders along at a nice pace but its all fairly obvious whats going to happen. The magic is not quite there for me, and while there are some funny and entertaining bits it really does not get you going like Sleepless did.

                Although I am a big fan of both Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan there performances in this just seemed a little flat. It really does not get you involved in the story as it should do, having said that I did still enjoy the film and if you forget about Sleepless its still a decent watch in its own right.

                The films runs for 119 minutes, to be honest it did start to drag a little near the end. I think maybe they could just have snipped twenty minutes off it and that would have improved it.

                The film is rated as PG. There is nothing really that should offend anyone in this and its one the family can watch together.

                The DVD itself is nothing to exciting, it has all the features you owuld expect.

                Overall this is a good film, but not a great film. If you have never seen it its a nice easy one to chill out to, but it certainly won't blow you away, its just a nice film.

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                  06.10.2009 19:19
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                  Sweet undemanding romance like they used to make

                  This is a strange film, an old fashioned romantic film about an entirely new phenomenon, directed by Nora Ephron of 'When Harry met Sally' and 'Sleepless in Seattle' fame. It is as you may have guessed a romantic comedy.

                  The two main actors are Ephron staple, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, who had such wonderful chemistry in Sleepless in Seattle. This film is of much the same ilk.

                  The basic storyline is that Hanks and Ryan email each other having met on a random chat page, there is a hint of romance, but both have partners, they don't know each other and try to avoid anything too biographical, simply using each other as a friend and an email outlet for their lives, however their lives collide, as Hanks is a bookstore magnate, whose large chain of stores is expanding in and threatens to push Ryan's small bookstore out of business.

                  The couple spar regularly as opponents in their business dealings without realising they then share their innermost thoughts, hopes and dreams in their email correspondence, the question is will they realise that they are meant for each other and if so will they be able to put their professional differences aside to make it happen?

                  Cast:

                  Tom Hanks ... Joe Fox
                  Meg Ryan ... Kathleen Kelly
                  Katie Sagona ... Young Kathleen Kelly
                  Greg Kinnear ... Frank Navasky
                  Parker Posey ... Patricia Eden
                  Jean Stapleton ... Birdie Conrad
                  Steve Zahn ... George Pappas
                  Heather Burns ... Christina Plutzker
                  Dave Chappelle ... Kevin Jackson
                  Dabney Coleman ... Nelson Fox
                  John Randolph ... Schuyler Fox
                  Hallee Hirsh ... Annabelle Fox
                  Jeffrey Scaperrotta ... Matt Fox
                  Cara Seymour ... Gillian Quinn
                  Katie Finneran ... Maureen, the Nanny


                  What I thought

                  As with previous Ephron romantic comedies, the city plays a huge part in the film, it plays on New Yorks vibrant history and asks questions about how much New York is being destroyed by the rise of big business, but overall this is a romance between the sparring Hanks and Ryan, it has the feel of an old Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie, its charming and a great film to snuggle on the sofa with.

                  The cast are likeable, the supporting cast including Greg Kinnear and Parker Posey are sympathetic even though you want them to get dumped for the starcrossed lovers to get together, the plot is tight and amusing and the script keeps things together well, it has romance, a bit of confidence in itself to not be too dumb and a real wish to take things back a few years to offer an old fashioned romance with a twist.

                  Its not as good as When Harry met Sally, but this film is charming and good fun, the City looks amazing, Ryan has her best role in years and Hanks has fun as the overpowering magnate.

                  Special Features - We bought this a year ago on Amazon for £4.99, its possible to buy it on Marketplace for much less. The DVD includes:

                  Interactive Menus
                  Scene Access
                  Trailer
                  Commentary with Nora Ephron
                  HBO First Look Special
                  A conversation with Nora Ephron
                  Discover New Yorks Upper West Side

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                  An engaging little tale of drama and romance amongst the book shelves.

                  Heres another "staple" of my "feel good" movies designed to give me a morale boost when the hardships of life are getting a little too much to bear. I've lost count of the amount of times I have turned to Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks to make me smile, it's one of those films that leave you feeling all warm and fluffy inside Aaaaaah.



                  To me this film is a must for all you book lovers, that covers virtually every Dooyoo member I think. The pairing of Meg and Tom is excellent both showing strong screen presence, when they come together we see the disgust and loathing from Meg and the arrogance tinged with a smidgen of guilt from Tom.


                  You've Got Mail ~ a remake of 1940's The Shop Around The Corner.
                  Rated PG
                  Running Time 115 mins
                  Director Nora Ephron (directed Sleepless in Seattle)
                  Meg Ryan ~ Kathleen Kelly.
                  Tom Hanks ~ Joe Fox.
                  Greg Kinnear ~ Frank Navasky
                  DVD released ~ 1999.
                  Genre ~ Drama / Romance.
                  My copy has no extras, so I can't comment.



                  Kathleen Kelly owns a quaint little book store situated in Upper West Side of New York City, that has played a major part in the community for generations of local families, passed on to her after her Mothers death. She like her Mother before her lives and breathes books. She knows everything there is to know about the books she sells and offers "story time" for local children to come and listen to. Service at "The Shop Around The Corner" is second to none and customers are made to feel as special as the books they purchase.


                  What Kathleen doesn't know is her cosy little world is about to be shattered with a brand new modern book superstore "Fox Books" about to open around the corner and Joe is the superstore book chain magnate. Joe inadvertently finds out that Kathleen owns the rival book store when he meets her, but she has no idea who he is and seems quite taken with him until the truth comes out then it's "war"~ they "go to the mattresses".



                  Although Kathleen has a live in partner Frank Navasky ~ (Greg Kinnear )she has met a man she is very "attracted to" in a chat room and can't wait to log on to her computer and see if she has mail in her in-box from her mystery man.



                  In fear of spoiling the film for those who have yet to see it, the plot stops here, all I will say is for a simple " drama /romance" there are a fair few twists and turns which remove any chance of boredom. Who is the mystery man? Will they ever meet in person? Will Fox Books force Kathleen to close down her book store? Why not watch the film and find out?



                  The chemistry between Meg and Tom is superb how sweet and pleasant she is towards him as a customer, totally innocent of who he is and the chaos he is going to cause with his superstore. To the pure hatred she emanates once his cover has been blown not helped by the fact he knew who she was and in effect lied to her, just the fact he breathes turns the mild mannered Kathleen into a raging mad woman. Producing some memorable scenes of Kathleens incoherent "rants" and Joes guilty but decidedly "smug" glances across at her and his apologetic but somewhat glib replies.




                  Kathleens relationship with Frank has lost it's sparkle you can see almost immediately they are "going through the motions" of living together, just the fact she is visiting chat rooms on her computer, something a woman like Kathleen wouldn't normally consider shows cracks in her relationship, coupled with how excited she is to chat to a mystery man, yet more evidence of her discontent. Frank to me comes across as a tad "wishy- washy" character wise, too full of his own self importance and takes himself and his career as a journalist far too seriously whilst almost dismissing Kathleens talents and abilities in running her little book store.




                  I found myself willing Kathleen to leave Frank feeling she would function better on her own allowing her to concentrate solely on preserving her book store which means the world to her. Entering the store is like stepping into another world full of enchantment, it's portrayed as a haven from the busy world outside with handpicked staff members who adore books as much as Kathleen and treat each customer as a guest with extra special emphasis on the children, I would Love to visit a book store with this ethos.



                  In comparison we have the mighty Fox Books portrayed as the cold calculating money grabbers, a massive store with a multitude of staff (not all very knowledgeable about books) with their "special offers" and in store coffee house, as opposed to Kathleens store it couldn't be anymore different. A battle akin to David versus Goliath ensues...



                  As a person who usually supports small business, I am torn in watching this film as I've never experienced the "magic" of a store such as Kathleens all the book stores I visit are of large chains ie Waterstones so I tend to feel an allegiance to the large stores especially now that Waterstones tend to have Costa Coffee in store ~ dream come true coffee and books. I feel guilty when buying a book from Tesco or Sainsburys but when money is an issue some times we don't have any choice...


                  To conclude I Love this film, I do think alot of the magic comes from the fact I empathize with Megs character and her Love of books and the fact the store was her Mothers business, this probably makes me value this film more than other people just watching and enjoying the romance and drama as it unfolds. For anyone it's easy to watch, has you cringing, smiling (there are a few very amusing scenes) and generally just enjoying this engaging tale. I find men enjoy it to a certain degree but I think you will find the girls enjoy it more and will return to it again and again.


                  Available from Amazon approx £3.95 and often in the bargain bins at supermarkets, I bought mine in Tesco for £3.00.

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                    15.08.2009 09:38
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                    Will become your favourite after the first viewing!

                    FILM ONLY REVIEW

                    Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are, separately, great actors, but together again after Sleepless in Seattle, they are a fabulous partnership. This makes for a great film, and You've Got Mail is a light, funny and beautifully made movie with good acting and timeless scenes.

                    The premise of the story is two internet buddies, who've never met until Joe (Hanks) opens a competing chain shop 'Fox Books' around the corner from Kathleen's (Ryan) tiny and quaint bookstore in Upper West side New York. The twist is, neither knows that their new arch enemy is the same person they've been emailing for all this time. Their messages are sweet and honest, and about innocent, "harmless, meaningless" things like "bouquets of sharpened pencils". Despite it deliberately not being an attachment (both are engaged elsewhere with hilarious partners), both Joe's and Kathleen's friends can see a change.

                    "What's with you? You're in love."
                    "In love, no, no. Oh yes! I'm in love with Frank!!"

                    "Great. That is great. Is the electrician here today?"
                    "I just told you he had a date and I knew you weren't listening, man."
                    "You're right, I wasn't. I hear nothing."

                    The result is a hilarious clash of personalities and an inexplicable bond that they share, even though they can't explain what's going on. But what will happen when the internet buddies decide that they ought to meet?

                    Joe Fox: [on Kathleen's missing date] Will you be mean to him, too?
                    Kathleen Kelly: No, I will not. Because the man who is coming here tonight is completely unlike you. The man who is coming here tonight is kind and funny, he has the most wonderful sense of humour...
                    Joe Fox: But... he's not here.

                    Neither actor is often seen as a heartthrob which just makes this film more enchanting, because they do not see each other as romantic possibilities, except over the internet. But despite their professional hatred, they begin to get on with each other, and share experiences they never thought could be shared. They are good actors, though, and that means all of their witty arguments are funny and convincing.

                    The funny and lovable characters are one thing, the beautiful filming of New York with a well written musical score another, but the crowning jewel of You've Got Mail is the charming atmosphere that you keep wanting to return to. Listen out for old-fashioned songs by Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong, and for bittersweet ballads from Harry Nilsson. And absorb the witty observations about life in New York and the fantastic way in which human characters are painted by fantastic director Nora Ephron.

                    So snuggle up on the sofa and devour this brilliant and timeless romantic comedy which you'll love!

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                    07.01.2009 00:48
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                    A perfect film to chill out with

                    This film is great to watch over and over again even though the internet element is now a bit dated.

                    The "Sleepless" team is back. If you missed this film when it first came out now is the time to become acquainted with it. Its definitely worth owning in your collection too.

                    This film has much funnier moments than sleepless and the kids are cuter than in that film too.
                    In "Sleepless" there were constant references to the classic chick flick "An Affair to Remember" in this film the more typically male film "The Godfather" has been referenced along with the Jane Austen novel "Pride and Prejudice" the characters in this film are believable to a point and whilst you'll know straight away which characters are less believable, the situations are not entirely impossible but are almost certainly there for the chance to put kids in and the comedy value that comes with them.

                    This film is a lovely film once again with a predictable ending but when you're curled up in bed with a cold its perfect.

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                      Great FIlm to add to your dvd collection

                      This film is a Romantic Comedy which was released in 1998 by Waner Bros. It is a remake of a 1940 film called The Shop Around The Corner which I was surprised about. I am really bad about not knowing the background to films.

                      The film is obviously more updated to the 1940 film as it is about sending email instead of writing letters. It has two of my favourite actors in it - Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks and think they were brilliant in this film, I didn't know how they could do this film justice as I didn't think they could be any better than they were in Sleepless in Seattle but I was pleasantly surprised. They were great and I don't think they get nearly as much credit as they should as actors.

                      They start of emailing each other anonymously, unaware that they are actually rivals with their businesses, do theyend up together or do they finish the email love affair when the find out who the other one is. This is funny throughout the whole story and very romantic but it's not over the top romance which is very good.

                      I really enjoy watching this film, everytime they have it on the t.v I always end up watching it. It is a bit of a chick flick though so men aren't as keen to watch it. The film lasts about 115mins. It costs £4.97 from Amazon and I would say it's a film worth buying just to have in your dvd collection. It is on t.v quite often now though.

                      Due to the popularity of the music in this film there was a Soundtrack brought out in December 1998. You can get it in Amazon for about £10.48.

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                      By now, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have amassed such a fund of goodwill with moviegoers that any new onscreen pairing brings nearly reflexive smiles. In You've Got Mail, the quintessential boy and girl next door repeat the tentative romantic crescendo that made Sleepless in Seattle, writer-director Nora Ephron's previous excursion with the duo, a massive hit. The prospective couple do actually meet face to face early on but Mail otherwise repeats the earlier feature's gentle, extended tease of saving its romantic resolution until the final, gauzy shot. The underlying narrative is an even more old-fashioned romantic pas de deux that is casually hooked to a newfangled device. The script, cowritten by the director and her sister, Delia Ephron, updates and relocates the Ernst Lubitsch classic, The Shop Around the Corner, to contemporary Manhattan, where Joe Fox (Hanks) is a cheerfully rapacious merchant whose chain of book superstores is gobbling up smaller, more specialized shops such as the children's bookstore owned by Kathleen Kelly (Ryan). Their lives run in close parallel in the same idealized neighbourhood yet they first meet anonymously, online, where they gradually nurture a warm, even intimate correspondence. As they begin to wonder whether this e-mail flirtation might lead them to be soul mates, however, they meet and clash over their colliding business fortunes. It's no small testament to the two stars that we wind up liking and caring about them despite the inevitable (and highly manipulative) arc of the plot. Although their chemistry transcended the consciously improbable romantic premise of Sleepless, enabling director Ephron to attain a kind of amorous soufflé, this time around there's a slow leak that considerably deflates the affair. Less credulous viewers will challenge Joe's logic in prolonging the concealment of his online identity from Kathleen, and may shake their heads at Ephron's reinvention of Manhattan as a spotless, sun-dappled wonderland where everybody lives in million-dollar apartments and colour co-ordinates their wardrobes for cocktail parties. --Sam Sutherland