Saturday, April 11, 2009

When Harry Met Sally... (1989) [R] *****

When Harry Met Sally... is a wonderful, hilarious film about relationships, which asks us to consider several important issues such as what it means to be high-maintenance, and what it means to be a transition person. The film also poses a number of important questions. For instance, after a man and woman make love, how long does he have to hold her before he can get up and go home? Harry (Billy Crystal) says: Somewhere between thirty seconds and all night. Another question concerns whether she's ever faked an orgasm, and, if so, would he know it? Sally (Meg Ryan) says: It's just that all men are sure it never happened to them, and most women, at one time or another have done it, so you do the math. Sally's logic is lost on Harry, so she has no choice but to give him a practical demonstration. Her fake orgasm scene in Katz's Deli is one of the most famous comedy scenes ever filmed, finished by a nearby customer's request to her waiter... I'll have what she's having!

The screenplay by Nora Ephron is wonderful, direction and supporting cast are superb, and the DVD has several extras, including director Rob Reiner's audio commentary and a revealing behind-the-scenes documentary with cast and crew. Don't miss this classic, great date movie.

Labels: college, comedy, drama, romance
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 76/100
Tomatometer (critics=88, viewers=89)

Sally fakes an orgasm at Katz's Deli