Late to the wagon wheel coffee table! A review of When Harry Met Sally

Late to the wagon wheel coffee table! A review of When Harry Met Sally

Older Woman Customer: [to waiter] I’ll have what she’s having.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

For the record, I have never been anti-rom com. I love movies like Roman Holiday, My Best Friend’s Wedding, While You Were SleepingBreakfast at Tiffany’s, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Annie HallWould you call There’s Something About Mary a rom com? I think I definitely would, and it’s one of my all-time favorites.

But rom coms can be VERY hit or miss for me. I absolutely despise Pretty Woman. I was pretty unaffected by Silver Linings Playbook. How to Lose a Guy in 10 DaysLove Actually and The Wedding Planner are irritating as hell. And, more importantly, I didn’t like Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail, two Nora Ephron rom coms.

I actually liked When Harry Met Sally a lot and I was expecting to find it super annoying. I hadn’t ever seen a movie with Meg Ryan that I liked, even a little. And Billy Crystal? He’s from America’s Sweethearts and the Oscars a few times, right? I was also thinking that he was in Little Monsters but, alas, that was Howie Mandel. Same thing. Anyway, who is this Billy Crystal guy and why is he so weird looking?

After the movie was over, Kevin called it “Annie Hall lite” which I felt was a really apt description. There are a few scenes where I felt Billy Crystal was completely channeling Woody Allen (particularly when speaking about the Olympic judges rating his sexual performance). Meg Ryan stole her wardrobe from Diane Keaton and played the charming neuroses well too– I found myself chuckling over her crazy specific orders rather than despising her character (except for the part where [I think] she ordered strawberry ice cream with heated apple pie because that’s just stupid). But overall, I thought it was a super cute and funny movie. When Harry Met Sally just celebrated its 25th Anniversary in July and in my opinion, it has aged really well.

[Side note: I like the fact that the Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally posters are pretty similar looking. Come on, late 80s and early 90s rom com movie posters. Show me that you can be different.]

Conclusion? I have a ton of male friends and I swear I never wanted to have sex with (most of) them. Also, Meg Ryan is super cute with long hair and sans crazy plastic surgery. And finally, if I ever got divorced, I promise I wouldn’t fight my husband over the wagon wheel coffee table.*


Face palm moment: At the beginning of the movie, Sally picks up Harry from the University of Chicago (which, as most people know, is south of the city). Then, somehow, they are seen driving south on Lake Shore Drive north of downtown. You have no idea how much this pissed me off. (Almost) unforgivable.

Favorite part: There were a few blasts from the past in this movie. Mostly:  A) Sharper Image, which was my favorite store on the Country Club Plaza (surpassing even Limited Too or FAO Schwarz). I was aggressively materialistic as a little kid and desperately wanted to have Sharper Image products all over my house. WHO REALLY NEEDS A WATERPROOF CD PLAYER IN THE SHOWER, THAT IS NUTS! B) I had a karaoke machine in my basement growing up. It was super awesome, as I love karaoke and am a pretty decent singer, but now Kevin is super envious of my childhood.

The “I missed that in pop culture trivia” moment: The orgasm scene is the most famous, and dude EVERYONE knows where that’s from. As a side note, I am fairly obnoxious and have some fairly obnoxious friends but if a friend of mine started doing that in a diner, I’d probably walk out.

Regrettable tardiness scale (out of 10): Probably 8/10. I don’t adore Billy Crystal but I liked the movie and it’s definitely significant in the rom com genre, so I’m glad I finally saw it.



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