When Harry Met Sally (1989)

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LONG be­fore Sex and the City made the fe­male or­gasm a run­ning joke, this clas­sic rom-com made sure it stuck in ev­ery­one’s mind with the in­fa­mous diner scene in which Meg Ryan feels the earth tilt on its axis, or at least on her pelvis.

The film un­folds in a se­ries of flashes-for­ward, be­gin­ning in 1977 when stu­dent Sally first meets Harry as they share a post-grad­u­a­tion drive from Chicago to New York. The en­counter is a dis­as­ter, as is their next meet­ing five years later in an air­port. Only when the film moves up to the ap­prox­i­mate present, find­ing both char­ac­ters the vic­tims of failed re­la­tion­ships, do they be­gin to warm to each other, though at first only as mu­tu­ally-con­sol­ing friends. What en­sues is a com­edy of man­ners that gave us phrases like “high main­te­nance” as well as the iconic diner scene line: “I’ll have what she’s hav­ing.”

Its all very dated too, but years later Nora Ephron’s wit and warmth shine through.

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