Confession: I have watched You’ve Got Mail about 25 times.
Love is always around the corner and in places we would never have expected to find. There are factors that hinders us from meeting the right person however with an open mind and an open heart you’ll find your way back to that person. Love doesn’t just happen overnight ,its like a flower that need to be watered, provide some sunlight and cared for, and when it blossoms those things that happened will start to make more sense.
Sure, the “we met in an AOL chat room” premise may be hopelessly dated — and the sound of literal dial-up Internet is now remarkably foreign — but Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks romance the hell out of each other in this incredibly sweet example of the genre. It’s one of those “oh, New York City is basically its own character” movies, and that’s fine by me, because few things are as genuinely enjoyable as watching Hanks and Ryan fall in love with each other (secretly, accidentally) around various NYC landmarks.
While it was surprising in many ways (including how easily the characters shrugged off internet infidelity) I think the most shocking was how strongly I was reminded of pre-9/11 life. It’s not just the nostalgia factor of dial-up or AOL screen names or the concept of chat-rooms (which I never realized completely disappeared). It was that the Yuppie lifestyle was in full-speed-ahead mode. Starbucks was still trendy; that little bit about defining self through the coffee you order? It just struck me as odd that this was life only 18 years ago. While technology has obviously advanced I think the culture of American life has changed as much, if not more.
I’ve created a list that explains why You’ve Got Mail is my favorite film of all time.
- A bouquet of newly sharpened pencils
- Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan
- Brinkley the dog
- The Shop around the Corner.
- Daisies are the friendliest flower.
- Meg Ryan’s adorable haircut.
- “Confession: I have read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE about 200 times.
- Kathleen and Joe’s amazing kiss (seconded by Brinkley).
- The moment when Joe falls for Kathleen.
- The excitement over getting an email from your crush.
- New York in the spring.
- The way Joe looks at Kathleen when he says, “Oh, how I wish you would.”
- The flowers in 91st Street Garden.
- The romance of written correspondence.
You’ve Got Mail has the virtue of delivering exactly what’s expected from it. It’s a feel-good movie that offers enough comedy and romance to warm the heart without risking a sentimental overdose.
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