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Sleepless in Seattle (10th Anniversary Edition) (1993)

2 Ratings: 4.0
Comedy movie directed by Nora Ephron

The director and stars of 1998'sYou've Got Mailscoreda breakthrough hit with this hugely popular romantic comedy from 1993, about a recently engaged woman (Meg Ryan) who hears the sad story of a grieving widower (Tom Hanks) on the radio and believes … see full wiki

Director: Nora Ephron
Genre: Comedy
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E-Courtship & Cross-Continental Romance

  • Dec 16, 2004
I recently saw three films again, two directed by Norah Ephron. This one plus When Harry Met Sally which Rob Reiner directed (1989) and You've Got Mail (1998). All three are quite different but each has held up remarkably well. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan co-star in this updated version of An Affair to Remember (1957). I leave it to others to compare and contrast those two films. Suffice to say I enjoy both. What is quite odd about Sleepless in Seattle is that Hanks and Ryan spend almost no time together on-screen until the inevitable conclusion atop the Empire State Building, at which point they finally meet. However implausible the plot may be, the film succeeds because of Norah Ephron's crisp direction of an excellent cast.

After Sam Baldwin (Hanks) becomes a widower, he and son Jonah (Ross Malinger) relocate to Seattle and live aboard a houseboat. Some time later, Jonah calls in to a radio station, asking for help to locate a new mother. Sam then begins to explain to the radio audience how much he loved his late wife and how much he and Jonah now miss her. Of course, Annie Reed (Ryan) hears all this and immediately falls in love with Sam. In fact, thousands of women throughout the United States do and write letters to "Sleepless in Seattle" to tell him so. And then....Credit Larry Atlas and David S. Ward with an especially clever screenplay. Several members of the supporting cast are outstanding, notably young Malinger, Bill Pullman (to whom Annie is initially engaged), Rosie O'Donnell (her friend Becky), Rob Reiner (Sam's friend Jay), and Rita Wilson (Hanks's offscreen wife) in a brief but memorable appearance who is hilarious when explaining why An Affair to Remember means so much to her. Nice touch.

More a quibble than a complaint, I wish that in this film (as well as in When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail) Ephron were not quite so manipulative with her use of music. Heaven knows, the CD continues to sell well because it is full of great stuff: As Time Goes By (Jimmy Durante), Kiss to Build a Dream On (Louis Armstrong), Stardust (Nat King Cole), Makin' Whoopee (Dr. John), In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Carly Simon), Back in the Saddle Again (Gene Autry), Bye Bye Blackbird (Joe Cocker), Wink and a Smile (Harry Connick, Jr.), Stand by Your Man (Tammy Wynette), An Affair to Remember (original soundtrack), Make Someone Happy (Jimmy Durante), and When I Fall in Love (Celine Dion). That said, I enjoyed seeing this film again and, this time around. I was much more interested in Sam's relationship with his resourceful son than in his long-distance relationship with Annie, a two-dimensional character at best.

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