January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #31 of the 49.
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“[looking at a photograph] She looks like my third grade teacher, and I hated my third grade teacher… wait a minute, she IS my third grade teacher!” – Sam Baldwin
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater in ’93 when it came out and immediately fell in love with the way that the story was told so perfectly!
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1993, video, DVD, 8 Sep 2013, 26 Sep 2017, 1 May 2021 and 19 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A widower and his son move from Chicago to Seattle after his wife dies and a few months later, his son calls a radio talk show host in order to find a new wife for his father.
My Take on it – Such an amazingly brilliant romantic comedy that works so well especially given the fact that the character only meet twice throughout the movie.
They do a wonderful job creating both stories of these characters simultaneously and manage to develop them both so well that it doesn’t even feel as if they are not in scenes together at all.
Both Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are perfectly cast in these roles and they make us believe that these are real people throughout.
The fact that this film doesn’t follow the typical Rom-Com trope helps make it feel even more unique and original in all that it does.
The soundtrack is great and helps keep the tone nice and light throughout.
The supporting cast is also great with Rita Wilson, Victor Garber, Ross Malanger, Rosie O’Donnell and Bill Pullman all adding so much to the way that the story unfolds.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mary Kelly was the name Sam Baldwin gave as the eighth girl he “made it with” in college. Mary A. Kelly is the script supervisor and also played a bit role as the nervous woman on the plane. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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