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If you look up the word "adorable" in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Meg Ryan. It's true; try it! She is so precious in this film that everyone will fall in love with her. She is the kind of girl that men drool over and women want as their best friend. Tom Hanks' photo can be found under the word "perfect," as in understanding, loving, mature, and funny. Put the two of them together and "You've Got Mail" is the ultimate feel-good movie.

Hanks plays a big, bad, chain book store owner who moves into the neighborhood and drives poor little bookshop owner Ryan out of business. Neither realizes they are, in fact, the secret e-mail admirers they've been pouring their hearts out to for months. He finds out first, builds a solid friendship with her, and when she discovers the wonderful secret, all's right with the world.

Yes, it's corny and totally predictable. It's also about an hour too long, but one overlooks this when enjoying the sight of two such beautiful people finding true love. The gorgeous location photography helps set the fairy tale mood; New York City never looked lovelier. The city takes on a cozy, small-town feel, where it seems perfectly possible for two strangers to meet and fall in love. The lovely soundtrack, made up of soft rock and bittersweet ballads, adds to the romance.

I recommend this film as a romantic date movie or a girls-night-out flick. It's silly and wonderful, and Meg and Tom are so right together.
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on 2 March 2003
I can't recommend this film enough. It's smart, funny and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are as always superbly cast together.
Based on the film "The Shop around the corner", and in my opinion echoes parts of the fantastic "Pride and Prejudice" this is the ultimate love story. Joe Fox owns one of the biggest chain book stores and opens a new store around the corner from Kathleen Kelly's modest family book shop. Both go into competition against each other not realising they are friends who met over the internet.
Fantastic support from Greg Kinnear and not forgetting to mention the beautifully shot New York city.
All in all - fantastic romantic comedy.
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on 3 March 2005
A very enjoyable film. Comedy, romance and a nice story line.
Definetly worth a viewing. I wish they made more films like this. If you like Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks and films that are easy going you will enjoy this movie.
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on 5 July 2005
It's pure heart warming silliness and who said there was anything wrong with that? Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks = a killer combination! It's not sleepless but who cares it has everything it needs to make a great romantic comedy!
Buy it 'I know you'll love it!'
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on 24 June 2000
This is a gentle romantic comedy, no whizz bang action and no steamy sex scenes, just good old-fashioned love. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are book-sellers who become hooked on each other via the Internet without realising they do actually know each other and are business rivals. It's predictable, you know Hanks will get his girl, but it still brings a tear to the eye when they finally get it together. 'You've Got Mail' is a sweet love story - get it, watch it and you know you'll feel better.
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on 15 December 2002
You've Got Mail captures the best side of New York, the side that usually get's missed by big action movies like Godzilla for example. The parks, the flowers,the trees.. and the romance.
Tom and Meg play rival book store owners, however unbeknownst to them, they are also secret e-mail pen friends.
This is an easy on the eye comedy suitable for all rom com fans. It's nice to see Meg and Tom interacting together in this movie, more so than in "Sleepless in Seattle"
If you enjoy this movie then I also recommend to you John Cusack's "Serendipity"
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on 12 October 2000
A romantic comedy. Sure it's just like Sleepless in Seattle, sure it's really predictable. But what the hell, it's great. Meg and Tom are brilliant in this role. There is no way that you can't get drawn along with the wonderful flow of this film. It's so, so cheesy, but it's just so, so slick that it doesn't matter. Brilliant.
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on 11 May 2003
Meg Ryan plays a romantic to absolute perfection. In this delightful movie, she is co-stared by the ever lovable Tom Hanks. Superb acting by both. An amusing romantic comedy which has you guessing throughout - is Meg going to pick up on Tom Hank's obvious hints!...Oh my god! - what is going to happen now!! I was on the edge of my seat, gasping for air at the predicaments. The ending had me absolutely swooning with delight.I wanted to go hug the TV screen! A Great feel-good factor film, and if you are a romantic or fan of either Tom Hanks or Meg Ryan you have a real treat in store.
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I recently saw two films directed by Norah Ephron. This one and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Both have held up remarkably well. Curious to know the background (if any) to You've Got Mail, I did a little research. Its basic plot can be traced back to Nikolaus Laszlo's play The Shop Around the Corner which was adapted in a film of the same name directed by Ernest Lubitsch in 1940, co-starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart. Then in 1949, it was recycled as a musical (re-named In the Good Old Summertime) co-starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. What we have here is the latest version of Laszlo's original story, brought to the screen again with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the lead roles. In fact, Hanks and Ryan had appeared previously (but together only briefly) in Sleepless in Seattle.

Here's the basic situation. Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) owns a small bookstore in Manhattan which is slowly being driven out of business by a major chain, Foxbooks, headed by Joe Fox (Hanks). The two have frequent encounters at a distance, over a period of time, and obviously begin to feel a mutual attraction without ever formally meeting. Meanwhile, they begin a daily e-mail correspondence during which they share personal information. It is important to keep in mind that they know each other only as NY152 and Shopgirl. Also that Joe is involved with Patricia Eden (Parker Posey) and Kathleen with Frank Navaskey (Greg Kinnear). Eventually, she must close the doors of her "Shop Around the Corner" and then....

When observing Hanks's performance again recently, I was fascinated even more because he combines some of the edge of his portrayal of Michael O'Sullivan in Road to Perdition (2002) with the innocence of Allen Bauer in Flash (1984) and as Forrest Gump (1994). Hanks is among the most talented and versatile of film actors. As for Ryan, she portrays Kathleen Kelly with precisely the right balance of spunk, decency, vulnerability, and wit. She is clearly the most sympathetic character in this film as she struggles to save her bookstore while searching for personal fulfillment as a woman. Ephron's supporting cast is first-rate, notably two of my favorite character actors, Dabney Coleman (Nelson Fox) and John Randolph (Schuyler Fox), as well as Posey, Kinnear, and Jean Stapleton (as Birdie). That said, Hanks dominates each scene in which he appears. There is never any doubt (at least in my mind) that Joe and Kathleen will overcome all the barriers and complications and find in each other what their respective lives have previously lacked. Yes, this is a "feel good movie" but that is true of all of the best romantic comedies. My guess (only a guess) is that Ernst Lubitsch would have enjoyed it as much as I did.

It is also worth noting that Ephron skillfully coordinates the plot developments with a soundtrack available on a CD which continues to sell very well. The selections include Puppy Song (Harry Nilsson), Dreams (The Cranberries), Splish Splash (Bobby Darin), Dummy Song (Louis Armstrong), Remember (Harry Nilsson), Dream (Roy Orbison), Rockin' Robin (Bobby Day), Lonely at the Top (Randy Newman), Signed,Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (Stevie Wonder), I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City (Sinéad O'Connor), Over the Rainbow (Harry Nilsson), Anyone At All (Carol King), I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter (Billy Williams), The "You've Got Mail" Suite (George Fenton), and You Made Me Love You (Jimmy Durante).
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In this light-hearted romatic comedy, Tom Hanks plays the big, bad chain book store owner who moves into the neighborhood and drives poor little childrens' bookshop owner Ryan out of business. Neither realizes they are, in fact, the secret e-mail admirers they've been pouring their hearts out to for months. He finds out first, builds a solid friendship with her, and when she discovers the wonderful secret, all's right with the world.
Yes, it's corny and predictable, but it's well done, and who cares with two such beautiful people finding true love. I recommend this film as a romantic date movie or a girls-night-out flick. It's silly and wonderful, and Meg and Tom are sure to put a smile on your face.
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