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By now, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have amassed such a fund of goodwill with moviegoers that any new onscreen pairing brings nearly reflexive smiles. InYou've Got Mail, the quintessential boy and girl next door repeat the tentative romantic crescendo that madeSleepless in Seattle, writer-director Nora Ephron's previous excursion with the duo, a massive hit. The prospective couple do actually meet face to face early on, butMailotherwise repeats the earlier feature's gentle, extended tease of saving its romantic resolution until the final, gauzy shot.

The underlying narrative is an even more old-fashioned romantic pas de deux that is casually hooked to a newfangled device. The script, cowritten by the director and her sister, Delia Ephron, updates and relocates the Ernst Lubitsch classic, The Shop Around the Corner, to contemporary Manhattan, where Joe Fox (Hanks) is a cheerfully rapacious merchant whose chain of book superstores is gobbling up smaller, more specialized shops such as the children's bookstore owned by Kathleen Kelly (Ryan). Their lives run in close parallel in the same idealized neighborhood, yet they first meet anonymously, online, where they gradually nurture a warm, even intimate correspondence. As they begin to wonder whether this e-mail flirtation might lead them to be soul mates, however, they meet and clash over their colliding business fortunes.

It's no small testament to the two stars that we wind up liking and caring about them despite the inevitable (and highly manipulative) arc of the plot. Although their chemistry transcended the consciously improbable romantic premise of Sleepless, enabling director Ephron to attain a kind of amorous soufflé, this time around there's a slow leak that considerably deflates the affair. Less credulous viewers will challenge Joe's logic in prolonging the concealment of his online identity from Kathleen, and may shake their heads at Ephron's reinvention of Manhattan as a spotless, sun-dappled wonderland where everybody lives in million-dollar apartments and color coordinates their wardrobes for cocktail parties. --Sam Sutherland

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CastTom Hanks, Parker Posey, Katie Sagona, Greg Kinnear, Meg Ryan
DirectorNora Ephron
Genre:  Comedy
Screen WriterNora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Miklós László
DVD Release Date:  May 4, 1999
Runtime:  119 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . July 12, 2010
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I know this movie is pretty old but I was so smitten with Meg Ryan since her Young and the Restless days that I had to see this. I think she is fun and she reminds me of a younger Goldie hawn. of course, this movie was all the Hollywood buzz. I still like to watch it again and again. One of the first movies about the Internet and email and chat. AOL was the  King back then  of course that is not the case anymore. This movie is about a small bookstore owner who has learned she has to compete …
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
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This movie is great showing the starting of AOL mail and such I would reccommend this movie to anyone
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
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This is a very classic movie. Could watch it anytime.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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If you like formulaic romantic comedies, this is your movie.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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This movie is about par for the genre. NOthing special
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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I'm a sucker for Meg Ryan. I love all the noisy dial up sound effects too. And "shopgirl." It's like from another era.
Quick Tip by . February 13, 2010
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One of my favorites. I'll never get tired of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks romantic comedies. In fact, I want more! The perfect V-day movie.
review by . November 18, 2004
I recently saw two films directed by Norah Ephron. This one and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Both have held up remarkably well. Curious to know the background (if any) to You've Got Mail, I did a little research. Its basic plot can be traced back to Nikolaus Laszlo's play The Shop Around the Corner which was adapted in a film of the same name directed by Ernest Lubitsch in 1940, co-starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart. Then in 1949, it was recycled as a musical (re-named In the Good Old …
review by . February 16, 2005
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This is one of my favorites of this genre. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan do a wonderful job of acting and the story is more than adequate. This is a light hearted movie, something I would like to see more of. I had to agree with the one reviewer who felt that those not particularly fond of this movie, are those that have become a bit jaded. Some movies shoud simply be fun to watch. This is one of them. I highly recommend it for the entire family.
review by . September 11, 2003
I loved this movie ever since i saw it in the theaters. It's a cute comedy, with beautiful Fall NYC scenery, great cast, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, Greg Kennear and Parker Posey.  Im not a huge fan or romantic comedies, id rather peel potatoes than watch them, but this movie is an ultimate comfort movie, cute, funny and so addictive. It's fresh, crisp and totally enchanting.   I've seen it at least 6 times and I know, I will wear out my DVD one day.
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