Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1993, video, DVD and 8 Sep 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A boy tries to find a wife for his widowed father in Seattle which peeks the interest of a journalist in Baltimore.
My Take on it – Tom Hanks was on the cusp of super-stardom when this movie came out in 1993. He had yet to win his back-to-back Oscars for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994), but had already shown he could act in Big (1988) and A League of Their Own (1992).
Meg Ryan was on her way up. She had previously starred in When Harry Met Sally… (1989) and as the token female love interest in numerous 80’s movies like Innerspace (1987), D.O.A. (1988) and The Presidio (1988). She once again had a starring role and from here on out, no one would mistake her for being a supporting actress.
This was the second of 3 eventual pairings of the two (so far). They had been in Joe Versus the Volcano (1989) together and would later appear together again in You’ve Got Mail (1999).
This movie is truly one of the best romantic comedies because it proves that distance isn’t always a barrier in finding true love and each of the two characters handle their own unique storyline throughout the movie.
Great supporting roles by Rose O’Donnell, Rob Reiner, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman and Rita Wilson.
David Hyde Piece, who would go on to play Dr. Niles Crane in Frasier for 11 seasons which takes place in Seattle, has a small role, but is given the ironic line as to how terrible it must be in Seattle because it rains 9 months of the year 🙂
In addition to being a great movie, it has an amazing soundtrack. See the list here.
Bottom Line – Great Romantic comedy which gives hope to all who seek true love. Highly recommended!!
Rating – Oscar Worthy