You’ve Got Mail (1998) – Encore Review

“Whatever you do, just don’t listen to anything I say.” – Joe Fox

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (on video in the 90’s and 2000’s, 14 April 2013 and 10 Oct 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A woman meets a stranger online and they start an email relationship not knowing that they are rivals in their professional lives.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve always enjoyed watching ever since I first saw it over twenty years.

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks have made 4 films together over the years and the chemistry that they have in this film is the strongest of the lot which largely has to do with the fact that they have the most interactions between their characters in this film.

The story itself is cute and light and works on numerous levels.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some people find this film more relatable now than they might have twenty years ago due to the subject mater related to email which was still in its infancy when this was made two decades ago.

The story does get a bit crazy at certain points but they still find a way to keep things endearing despite this.

This is a film that says so much about the world of anonymous internet connections and serves today as both a warning and an invitation to do so especially since this is such an enjoyable romantic comedy.

Love the way this film is able to add in lots of movie quotes, most notably The Godfather (1972)

Bottom Line – Great film that works so well due to the great chemistry between Hanks and Ryan that is perhaps the strongest of their 4 collaborations.  The story is light and fun and is perhaps even more relatable to more people now than it was wen this came out twenty years ago.  The story gets a little crazy at certain points yet still manages to work really well despite that. This story says so much about the ideas of anonymous internet connections and is such an enjoyable romantic comedy. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Joe accidentally closes the door of Kathleen’s shop on the balloons was unscripted. Tom Hanks actually did that, and ad libbed the line, “Good thing it wasn’t the fish.” Nora Ephron thought it was so funny that she kept it in.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (slight downgrade from original review)


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