Number of Times Seen – 3 (at least. on video in the 90’s and 2000’s and 14 April 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A man and a woman start a correspondence via the internet not realizing that they are business rivals
My Take on it – Nora Ephron decided to reunite her stars from Sleepless in Seattle (1993) in this movie and as I’m sure she knew herself, this is a winning combination. This movie is a remake of The Shop Around the Corner (1940) and is still amazes me 15 years later, that some stories are so easily adapted to different time periods and technology. In some ways, the fact that they are emailing each other instead of sending letters in the mail makes this movie even more realistic and plausible than the original.
It’s interesting to see what has happened to the printed word (in books) and printed letters (by mail) over the last 60+ years. Today both are close to non-existent. I don’t know of many people who send personal letters by mail and I know only a few who still read books made of paper instead of reading online or on a tablet. Many book stores have closed and I have even heard that there is talk of curtailing mail delivery 6 days a week or even keeping the post office open less hours due to the lack of “real” mail. Who knows??
Dabney Coleman and John Randolph have great bit parts as Hank’s father and grandfather.
Bottom Line – Hanks and Ryan together equals success. Not as great as Sleepless, but still an excellent movie. Recommended
Rating – Oscar Worthy