When Harry Met Sally is a film I never watched as a kid (for good reason since it’s subject matter is best reserved for adults). All I knew about it was the infamous restaurant scene (you know the one). So it was never on my radar growing up but I eventually found it when I got older and once I did, I have faithfully watched it at least 2-3 times a year.
Let’s go over the premise. Two newly graduated college students who don’t know each other but are moving to New York City to pursue very different career paths wind up driving from Chicago to the Big Apple. Along the way, they realize they are very different and do not foresee any chance of a relationship.
Over the next several years, they cross paths, catch up on life, and separate once again. After they both have failed long term relationships, they cross paths in a bookstore (there is no better place to meet people) and begin spending time together, letting a friendship grow naturally. There’s a mutual understanding that neither is interested romantically as they each pursue separate relationships.
Well, as fate (and a bit of natural biology) would have it, things change and love blossoms. Honestly, if this a spoiler, it’s your own fault that you haven’t treated yourself to this gem of a film. Love comes and we see these friends we’ve been rooting for the entire film finally end up together.
I can’t remember my exact age when I watched this great movie for the first time but I’m sure it was during my film revival era (see my previous post O Brother Where Art Thou?). I remember being captivated by the characters and their journey to love. The acting by stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan simply make this film work. The direction by Rob Reiner and writing by Nora Ephron are just as superb but without the chemistry of Crystal and Ryan, this movie doesn’t last and maintain its longevity.
On rainy days, this is the movie my wife and I turn to. For whatever the reason, the setting of New York City always seems like Fall. This aesthetic is like a secondary character. The colors of Autumn lead us along the advancement of Harry and Sally’s long season of friendship. All you need is a blanket and a hot beverage (preferably coffee) to cuddle and laugh.
Quotability. This film is rife with quotable lines. If you know me and spend any long amount of time with me, then you know I love to quote movies (I’m not the greatest at the quote game but I love to play). From the obscure quotes like, “You know, I have a theory that hieroglyphics are just an ancient comic strip about a character named Sphinxy,” to the best known, “I’ll have what she’s having”, there are too many moments to mention without just putting the movie on.
Call to Action: If you haven’t seen When Harry Met Sally, I highly recommend it. If you have, then I highly recommend you watch it on a rainy day.