When Harry Met Sally

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MGM Released 1989

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Director:
Rob Reiner
Released:
1989
Rating:
R
When Harry Met Sally is a 1989 romantic comedy film about two friends, Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan), who disagree about whether or not women and men can just be platonic friends without any sexual feelings getting involved. Affter parting ways when Sally suspects Harry has made a pass at her, they meet again five years later, both in relationships. They entertain the idea of being friends, but Harry stands by his theory that this is impossible, and don’t speak until they meet up again, years in the future. After discussing the failures of their past relationships, they decide to try being friends, and spend time together, often discussing their dating lives, which they have very different views on. They set each other up with their respective best friends, Marie (Carrie Fisher) and Jess (Bruno Kirby), who ultimately end up more attracted to each other and eventually get engaged. One night, when Sally seeks comfort from her friend, they prove Harry’s theory right by having sex, which creates tension in their friendship which comes to a head at Marie and Jess’ wedding. Harry seems the value in their dynamic and wants to mend it, but they both must decide if they want their friendship to be purely platonic, or if their true feelings point towards a different kind of relationship entirely. Harry Connick Jr. and Marc Shalman did the music for the film, which earned critical acclaim.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What makes it special, apart from the Ephron screenplay, is the chemistry between Crystal and Ryan.

  • 60

    Variety

    Rob Reiner directs with deftness and sincerity, making the material seem more engaging than it is, at least until the plot machanics begin to unwind and the film starts to seem sha...

  • 50

    The New York Times

    Like the sitcom version of a Woody Allen film, full of amusing lines and scenes, all infused with an uncomfortable sense of deja vu.

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Romantic Comedy