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Friday, April 01, 2011

When Harry Met Sally (1989) - Rob Reiner


Directed by Rob Reiner (Misery, This is Spinal Tap) and starring the knock-out, beautiful Meg Ryan (City of Angles) and the hilarious Billy Crystal. When Harry Met Sally is the greatest romantic comedy of all time. This movie has Billy Crystal in the one role that he was born to play; forget City Slickers, Analyze This/That, and Mr. Saturday Night. When Harry Met Sally gives Crystal all of the lines and hilarity that he was born to play. The dynamic between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal should go down in history as one of the best; there was no point in the movie in which I was not rooting for them to make it.

The movie is about this one thing... "men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way". Harry (Crystal) says that in the beginning of the film and the entire movie follows this one thesis. Of course the movie follows the same romantic comedy dynamic that every romantic comedy does, this one however delivers on the goods. This is the greatest Woody Allen movie that had nothing to do with Woody Allen. 


The film hits almost every mark on the checklist of romcom troupes: scene with a taxi going over a bridge with the New York City skyline as the backdrop... Check. Winter skating at Rockefeller plaza... Check. Slow walks through central park with the leaves changing colors on all of the trees... Check. New York City shown in the way that I always envision it, Pre-Mayor Bloomberg... Check. The antagonistic beginnings of the titular character’s relationship eventually blooming into the ninth inning, bases loaded, out-of-the-park brand of love...Check Check.  This movie has it all. Why wouldn't I watch it. 
Deli Scene... there I referenced it. Oh and that Wagon Wheel table is awesome. 

"Yes. They had the days of the week on them, and I thought they were sort of funny. And then one day Sheldon says to me, "You never wear Sunday." It was all suspicious. Where was Sunday? Where had I left Sunday? And I told him, and he didn't believe me." - Sally (Best conversation in the movie)

Director: Rob Reiner
Country: USA
Style: Romantic Comedy

Did ya know...
Meg Ryan breaks character in the museum when Billy Crystal says to her "I would be proud to partake of your Pecan Pie." She looks off camera to director Rob Reiner who urges her to go with it. Rob Reiner makes a cameo off-camera yelling "Hey everybody! 10 seconds until New Year!" The orgasm scene was filmed at Katz's Deli, an actual restaurant on New York's E. Houston Street. The table at which the scene was filmed now has a plaque on it that reads, "Congratulations! You're sitting where Harry met Sally."

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