Actors: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about When Harry Met Sally|
|The movie begins with Harry and Sally finish college at the University of Chicago. Now they are off to New York to begin their careers. The movie records a couple of snippets of their conversations during this trip, which center on male-female relationships. During one such conversation, Harry states this rule, "men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way." In New York, they depart less than friendly.
Harry and Sally meet five years later in a New York airport, and find they are on the same plane. Both of them are into relationships now. Again, Harry elaborates on his belief that men and women can never be friends unless and untill they are both into relationships already. This is an extension or rather say, a modification to the earlier argument. Even this time they part less friendly.
Five years later, both of them meet again in a bookstore. Things have changed in their lives and thrir relationships have ended.
What happens next is how their frienship strenthens over the next two years even when both of them are actively dating others. They are not romantically attached at any time but eventually, they have sex with each other, which becomes a barrier to their friendship.
--Medha Behera, Resident Scholar
|Harry Burns and Sally Albright meet in the spring of 1977 at the University of Chicago when they agree to share a drive to New York. They get on each other's nerves. As the years pass, they cross trails, learn about each other's romantic fortunes and failures, and mature, gradually becoming good friends. It takes 12 years before it dawns on them that either a) it's possible to have sex with a friend and not ruin the friendship, or b) they just might be made for each other. This is a classically delightful romantic comedy, dated 1989, with terrific dialogue by Nora Ephron and excellent direction by Rob Reiner. (As an extra treat, Reiner intercuts scenes wherein couples of all ages talk about their marriage -- although actors perform the "real" dialogue.) Crystal and Ryan are both in rare form, and though he gets more of the good lines, she trumps him in the justly celebrated "faked orgasm in Katz's Deli" scene.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Harry and Sally are stubborn, hard-headed but friends nevertheless. And if it wasn't for their egotism, they would see they're perfect for each other. A great comedy with the classical scene of Meg Ryan faking an orgasm in a diner.
--Scott, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
Kind of comedy
- romantic comedy
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard wavey
- (man) average
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (woman) short/butch/lez
- (woman) ample bosom & buttocks
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
- New York
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- sex under blankets
- Occasional swearing
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