When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Available from Tuesday
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.