Directed by Rob Reiner
Starring: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan
*In Memory of Nora Ephron*
Romantic comedies are very, very hard to come by regardless of the decade you belonged to or are currently living through. Now, I have never seen this movie until today, simply because I was curious. Also, the fact that I'm a huge fan of Billy Crystal. Never been a fan of Meg Ryan but have enjoyed watching her face in some of her younger roles.
As the title suggests, the story is about a journalist named Sally (Ryan) and a guy who I believe is in politics named Harry (Crystal) who meet in college and drive to New York as a favor for her friend, who at the time was dating her back seat driver. Their relationship is one we have a 50/50 chance of predicting it's ending, but as usual, the execution is what we really craved. Safe to say that Nora Ephron is like the Aaron Sorkin of romantic comedies. Crystal and Ryan were indeed the light of the show, but the dialogue provided for them is funny when appropriate, dramatic and enjoyable. The running tagline for this movie is the question: "Can men and women be friends without worrying about sex?"
Between scenes, the movie shows us short interactions with couples well into their early 70's to 80's giving us a background of when and where they met and how it lead to them getting married. Between the drama and comedy, you get a touch of what real love and commitment is that is surprisingly genuine. Though Harry and Sally never actually see eye to eye, upon a third bump in their adult lives, they decide to become friends, which works after they put it on the table in the first act. It takes 12 year ladies and gentlemen. 12 glorious celluloid years of friendship, where no sex becomes an issue, they both are there in person and on the house phone (rare) to talk about their daily events or whenever the other is in a relationship or recovering from a break up. In this long run, their friends get married. All it takes is one split second to change everything.
As mentioned, the true qualities of this movie are Crystal and Meg since they work off each other's talents, as they look quite believable. Sure, you got the other guy with the mustache whose name escapes me and then you have Carrie Fisher who went from the space diva all men worshiped back in the day to someone cute or not even.
Overall, it proves to be timeless and appeals to any couple or just the singles who need a good laugh.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.