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When Harry Met Sally… (1989) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

Boy Meets Girl,…ummm, How They Met, uhhhh Harry, This Is Sally.

Nora Ephron wrote an Oscar-nominated screenplay, yet had a hard time settling on a title.  Ephron herself might not have came up with the title When Harry Met Sally…, but at least it remains a comedic classic ever since its premiere in 1989.

A Toast!

This is a very smart and funny romantic comedy!  Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal deliver amazing performances as they brought Sally and Harry (respectively) to life on-screen.  Their relationship might have had its ups and downs, but the roles that they played reveal the fundamental fact that love is a complicated topic.  Typically Hollywood love stories might be like a fairy tale, but this is a very original love story that offers reality checks (which is probably why it earned an Oscar nomination for its screenplay).  Coincidentally, this film references two of the greatest romantic films of all time: Oklahoma! and Casablanca.  Indeed, this is a beautifully crafted love story that involves much more than the cliché “boy meets girl” scenario.

Verdict

Without revealing the ending of the film, let’s just be glad that Harry and Sally met so that audiences can enjoy a film that employs a simple premise to examine the complexity of human relationships.

When Harry Met Sally… (1989) Bonus Drinking Game

Take a Drink: for every romantic interlude that features real couples and their own personal love stories

Drink a Shot: for every time jump

Have a Bloody Mary: when Sally orders a drink with Bloody Mary mix on an airplane

Have a Drink of Your Choice: every time Sally orders food and drinks in a VERY specific manner

And Cheers: to the simple fact that Harry and Sally met!

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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