When Harry Met Sally (1989) - Review

by - January 03, 2019

Synopsis: During their travel from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally debate whether or not sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they’re still no closer to finding the answer.

Can Two Friends Sleep Together And Still Love Each Other In The Morning?

In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. They part ways in New York, but over the course of the next ten years, their paths continue to cross until a friendship finally blossoms and they attempt to maintain the most satisfying "non"-relationship either has ever had without sex getting in the way.

I absolutely adored this movie from beginning to end. The writing, the directing, the acting. Autumn AND Christmas in New York. More than once! Generally, when you think of Meg Ryan and romantic comedies, you think of Tom Hanks, but her chemistry with Billy was on point and the opposites attract trope didn't feel forced, nor did it prompt any eye rolling.

I rooted for the ending I received, but honest to god truth, I would have been okay with it if they had remained friends, it was just that good. Along the way, we get to see their best friends Marie (Carrie Fisher) and Jess (Bruno Kirby) fall in love and deal with their own relationship problems, which provides its own brand of comic relief.

I know the splits of the older couples discussing how they met were performed by actors (true stories though!) but I cried through every single one anyway.

WHMS continues to be the standard by which so many modern rom-coms are graded, and it's disappointing how few even come close. Rob Reiner is so underrated, IMO.

Starring: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Rated: R
Watched: 10.18.2018
Fun Facts:
- The 'I'll have what she's having.' actress is Rob Reiner's mother, Estelle Reiner.
- In the original draft of the movie, Harry and Sally did not end up together, but Rob pushed for a happy ending.
- Rob Reiner originally envisioned Susan Dey for the part of Sally.
- Harry is shown reading Stephen King's Misery. Rob Reiner directed Misery the next year.
Notable Song: It Had to be You by Harry Connick Jr.

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