Romantic film: When Harry Met Sally
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When Harry Met Sally…

5 out of 5 stars

Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner's pitch-perfect romantic comedy never sets a foot wrong.

Tom Huddleston

Time Out says

Too often dismissed as the bland, cutesy, cakey-bakey face of the modern romcom, the late Nora Ephron was an unacknowledged genius when it came to screenplay construction – and ‘When Harry Met Sally’ remains her finest work. This is a film where everything works: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s just-this-side-of-smug central couple, the gorgeous photography of New York through the changing seasons, even Harry Connick Jr’s jazz-lite soundtrack. And it’s all rooted in that flawless script.

The story is simple: Crystal and Ryan meet after college, and loathe one another on sight. As the years pass the random meetings pile up, and dislike turns to reluctant friendship. But, as the film insistently, infamously asks, can men and women ever really be just friends? It’s not just that Ephron poses these kinds of obvious-but-important questions. It’s that she does so while circumventing romantic clichés left and right, creating unforgettably loveable characters and throwing in some of the most fluid, insightful and witty set-piece conversations ever written (the diner orgasm is the most famous, but it’s the tip of a very large iceberg). ‘Perfect’ is a big word to use about any film, but in this case no other will do.

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 11 December 2015
  • Duration:95 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Rob Reiner
  • Screenwriter:Nora Ephron
  • Cast:
    • Meg Ryan
    • Billy Crystal
    • Lisa Jane Persky
    • Carrie Fisher
    • Steven Ford
    • Michella Nicastro
    • Bruno Kirby
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