05 April 2012

Film Review: Sleepless in Seattle (1994), by Nora Ephron, ***


Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in Nora Ephron's wonderfully romantic comedy about two people drawn together by destiny. Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a widowed father who, thanks to the wiles of his worried son, becomes a reluctant guest on a radio call-in show. He's an instant hit with thousands of female listeners who deluge his Seattle home with letters of comfort. Meanwhile, inspired in equal parts by Sam's story and by classic Hollywood romance, writer Annie Reed (Ryan) becomes convinced that it's her destiny to meet Sam. There are just two problems: Annie's engaged to someone else and Sam doesn't know yet that they're made for each other. Co-starring Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Wilson and Rob Riener.

Sad to hear of Ephron death in June 2012.


A tad too predictable (yes they were eventually going to meet and fall in love, we got that twenty minutes into the film, did we not?) and way too incredible for a plot. Hanks and Ryan are at least a couple of notches below "You've got mail" that will come out a few years later. Still, a fun movie for an easy light feel good night at home.You can get it pretty cheap on Amazon now, and it's worth a few bucks. I got the impression the two protagonists were a bit immature, while in "You've got mail" they had fully grown into their roles.

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