You’ve Got Mail
Directed by Nora Ephron
Netflix says… In this valentine to modern romance, book superstore magnate Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and independent book shop owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet — both blissfully unaware that he’s trying to put her out of business. Director Nora Ephron’s Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy puts romance on the ropes — and forces two people to make tough decisions about life, love and livelihood.
- Comparing the computer generated New York in this movie’s opening credits with the computer generated New York in this year’s Spider-Man video game blows my mind.
- It’s just amazing to see how far our computer graphics have come in 20 years.
- I think I might just be old.
- Speaking of old things, did you know that this is actually based on an old movie called The Shop Around the Corner?
- Check it out. It’s got James Stewart in the Tom Hanks role and he falls in love with a girl through email.
- Just kidding. It’s regular mail. They didn’t have email in the 1940s. HA!
- Back to the me being old thing… I remember what it was like to wait for your computer’s modem to dial into America Online and await those three incredible words: You’ve got mail!
- I remember being excited when I had an email. Now I get annoyed…
- Anyway, Tom Hanks is Joe Fox, whose family owns the Barnes & Noble-esque Fox Books, the big chain store that’s opening up around the corner from Kathleen Kelly’s (Meg Ryan) Shop Around the Corner, threatening to put her meager children’s bookstore out of business.
- It’s established that they already have an online relationship maintained only through email. Except they know zero personal information about each other.
- In the real world, they are business rivals and they hate each other.
- When the two online friends decide it’s time to meet, Joe realizes it’s Kathleen that’s waiting for him and he breaks her heart when he “doesn’t show up.”
- Over time, Joe’s attitude toward Kathleen softens and he falls in love with her and somehow convinces her to fall in love with him.
- So then, when they finally “meet” in the end, she’s ready for the truth of who he is.
- I still hold firm to my belief that Parker Posey basically plays the same character in every movie I’ve seen her in.
It’s a nice little rom-com. If you’ve never seen it, give it a shot. Sure, it’s a little dated, what with the dial-up internet and all. But it’s still worth watching. Come back next week for Sleepless in Seattle. Funny that these two movies are back to back on my countdown. Probably because they’re basically the same movie.