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Commentary with Nora Ephron and Lauren Shuler-Donner
HBO First Look Special: A Conversation with Nora Ephron
Discover New York's Upper West Side (11 selectable clips)
2-Channel Music Only
Language in Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Subtitles: English/Arabic/English for the hearing impaired
The underlying narrative is an even more old-fashioned romantic pas de deux that is casually hooked to a newfangled device. The script, cowritten by the director and her sister, Delia Ephron, updates and relocates the Ernst Lubitsch classic, The Shop Around the Corner, to contemporary Manhattan, where Joe Fox (Hanks) is a cheerfully rapacious merchant whose chain of book superstores is gobbling up smaller, more specialized shops such as the children's bookstore owned by Kathleen Kelly (Ryan). Their lives run in close parallel in the same idealized neighbourhood yet they first meet anonymously, online, where they gradually nurture a warm, even intimate correspondence. As they begin to wonder whether this e-mail flirtation might lead them to be soul mates, however, they meet and clash over their colliding business fortunes.
It's no small testament to the two stars that we wind up liking and caring about them despite the inevitable (and highly manipulative) arc of the plot. Although their chemistry transcended the consciously improbable romantic premise of Sleepless, enabling director Ephron to attain a kind of amorous soufflé, this time around there's a slow leak that considerably deflates the affair. Less credulous viewers will challenge Joe's logic in prolonging the concealment of his online identity from Kathleen, and may shake their heads at Ephron's reinvention of Manhattan as a spotless, sun-dappled wonderland where everybody lives in million-dollar apartments and colour co-ordinates their wardrobes for cocktail parties. --Sam Sutherland
Greatest movie ever , have watched it countless times. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are just great together.
Would recommend greatly
As a huge Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks fan, I watched this movie when it was released and have watched it various times since......one of my favourite romantic comedies of all times!Published 1 month ago by Candice