You’ve Got Mail (1998)

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You’ve Got Mail (1998)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Nora Ephron
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Steve Zahn, Greg Kinnear

Storyline:

The owner of a large bookstore chain starts putting the owner of a small local bookstore out of business. Meanwhile they have been corresponding over the internet without knowing who either of them are. They can’t stand each other in person but over the internet they are very attracted. He finds out who she is but she doesn’t know. He starts to like her more but she still hates him. He has to fix it.

One review

  • There is only so much sweetness and light I can stomach before thoughts of mass destruction pervade every fiber of my being. It was all of 15 minutes before I realized You’ve Got Mail would be the cinematic version of Chinese water torture.

    You’ve Got Mail is a remake of a sparkling 1940 Ernst Lubitsch romantic comedy, The Shop Around the Corner, which starred James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as rival salesclerks who also happened to be each other’s beloved pen pal. It’s a remake. That’s problem number one. Problem number two: I loved the original. Mind you, all that is supposed to go out of my head once the lights dim and the opening credits roll. But as I sat there watching Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan compete with children belting out show tunes and animals doing their adorable schtick, one question reverberated through my head: Why? Why am I sitting here in this theater wasting brain cells on this drivel? Why am I watching Nora Ephron, who cowrote and directed this feeble attempt at romantic screwball comedy, celebrate Starbucks and parties where caviar is used as a garnish? Why?

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