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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good natured romantic drama
Tom Hanks (Big) stars as Sam, a single parent. A year after losing his wife, he is struggling with the loss and to help him, his son Jonah phones a radio station to ask for advice, and Annie from Baltimore hears and knows she must meet up with Sam.

Filled with plenty of romantic conventions, Nora Ephron's 1993 romantic drama creates a light hearted feel good...
Published on 28 Aug 2008 by Stampy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Good but at times a bit boring as Ryan not brilliant but Hanks is good and as a nice feel good movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good natured romantic drama, 28 Aug 2008
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Tom Hanks (Big) stars as Sam, a single parent. A year after losing his wife, he is struggling with the loss and to help him, his son Jonah phones a radio station to ask for advice, and Annie from Baltimore hears and knows she must meet up with Sam.

Filled with plenty of romantic conventions, Nora Ephron's 1993 romantic drama creates a light hearted feel good film, with funny and dramatic moments for viewers of all ages.

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (When Harry met Sally), in their first collaboration, are perfect in their respective role, especially Ryan who is very funny, where as Hanks takes the more serious roles, which he is always perfect at.

But the actor who steals the show is Ross Maligner, who is exceptional as Sam's son Jonah, a cheeky 8 year old kid who has plenty on his mind, and a temper and encouragement to match. His smart remarks about Victoria are pure genius, helped along by some classic facial expressions to make him the star of the film.

Though completely unrealistic, this romantic drama generates a healthy plot with the ideology about finding the right person, which is enough to keep the mood alive. The difficulty in the character's lives is good to generate the concept of the right person, with Sam and his lost wife, and Annie and her bizarre fiancé.

The lack of realism happens with a cheesy saying the same words, meeting at the same time, or just in time, an 8 year old girl hacking into a computer and an 8 year old kid getting on a plane all the way to New York.

The lack of realism can take the edge of the plot, depending on how you look at it. For me, the humour and the likability of the characters was enough to let it slip.

It is a very character driven film, helped along by the concept of finding the right person, to make an enjoyable and funny romantic drama.

8/10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming; macho chaps will like it too, 11 Nov 2009
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Spikel (Plymouth UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sleepless In Seattle [DVD] (DVD)
Reluctantly, I watched this, as urged by my knowing friends. BUT within ten minutes I was captivated and nearly cheered several times. Confession time - I am a youngish widower and so my thoughts when watching this were never going to be neutral but this is one of the few films I love; watch it, stick with it, prepare to be cheered by the fact that humans tend to have a happy outlook; some of us just hide it pretty well (so perceptive daughters say).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic comedy for everyone, 8 Mar 2000
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This is an absolute must have in your video collection. No matter how many times you see it, it is still wonderful. Tom Hanks is perfect and Meg Ryan is her usual self (my husband is a Meg fan and loves this movie too!) Great viewing for those evenings when there is nothing on the telly or for a perfect Friday night in.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film for the girls, 1 Aug 2005
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This film is my all time favorite, Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks doing what they do best, falling in love on screen. I will not go into details regarding the story because most people by now will have a general idea of it, all I can say is girls, rent it, buy it, watch it, preferably on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon wearing your pyjamas with a big mug of hot chocolate...bliss..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepless, 13 Mar 2011
This review is from: Sleepless In Seattle [DVD] (DVD)
Like so many people have already stated this is one of the best romance films of the 20th century and one the family can watch together - with children in the film they are able to relate to it too.
Out of sadness comes humour and optimism from not just adult actors but also the children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie! That's your problem! You don't want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie., 30 Jan 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleepless In Seattle [DVD] (DVD)
Sleepless in Seattle is written and directed by Nora Ephron. It's based on a story by Jeff Arch and it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed. The film takes its inspiration from An Affair to Remember and uses both its theme song and clips from the film in critical scenes. Plot sees Sam recently widowed and tricked by his young son Jonah to chat on the phone about his grief on a late night radio show. His honesty and sadness touches the hearts of America's listening females, particularly Annie, a young journalist who lives the other side of the country in Baltimore.

Major smash hit at the box office, where it coined in a $200 million profit before it even made it out for rental, Sleepless In Seattle is the sort of romantic comedy that's almost impossible not to like. OK, there's those who probably have aversions to some of the stars in the piece (tho both Ryan & Hanks are adorable here), but as a story it's warm, sweet and very touching. Ephron's script throws up a number of funny treats along the way, including moments to make the boys smile, while the fact that the potential cross country lovers are kept apart for almost the entirety of the film is smart move that pays off dividends. Admirable support to Hanks & Ryan comes from Rosie O'Donnell & Rob Reiner as the best friends of both, while Ross Malinger as Jonah gives one of the more pleasing child performances from the 90s.

It doesn't push the boundaries of light entertainment, but really you would have to be devoid of heart to not feel just a bit better for having sat thru this movie. 7/10
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best romantic films around, 11 Oct 2003
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N. Oliver ""pinky"" (barnstaple, devon) - See all my reviews
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I cried buckets at the end of this film when I first saw it and subsequent viewings still leave me with a soaking wet hankie! The chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is wonderful, even though the actual screen time that they share is not that much, and very believeable. Very rarely a film of this calibre comes along but when it does, EVERYONE should see it and share in the magic that this film brings.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love can find a way, 21 April 2009
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GratuitousViolets "Ash" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleepless In Seattle [DVD] (DVD)
Christmas Eve in Seattle, Jonah, young boy deeply concerned with the depression his father has over the death of his wife, calls a radio talk show late at night hoping to get his father, Sam, some much needed help and possibly a new wife so that he might be happy again.

Annie, a young journalist who is soon to be wed to the seemingly perfect and all-around nice guy Walter, hears the show while driving to visit family on Christmas and is not only intrigued by Jonah's call, but is also deeply touched and begins to feel drawn to their story.

While Sam takes the sign that Jonah's worrying means it's time to start moving on and that it may be time to start dating again, Annie is desperately trying to find out who Sam and Jonah are, and becomes increasingly obsessed that if she doesn't act now, she may never know if Sam and she were meant to be together. Only Jonah is truly convinced Sam and Annie are together, and decides he may need to intervene if love can't find it's way.

Stalking and obsession aside, the story is ultimately very romantic, and worth a watch, especially if you're into the chick-flick genre. This is back when both Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were extremely fresh and they truly make one of the best story-couples of the 90s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanks and Ryan together again, 11 Jun 2007
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sleepless in Seattle [DVD] (DVD)
Sleepless in Seattle is a great movie on many levels. It is basically parody on "Love Story" with a few changes. Naturally if you notice the cast you already have half of the formula figured out. But the beauty in this movie is in the details.

A recent widower moves across the country to Seattle to get away from old memories. His kid tells the father's story on a talk radio show and says that his dad needs a new wife. You hear heartstrings of women listeners twanging and more than a few closes in for the kill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun, 13 Mar 2011
This review is from: Sleepless In Seattle [DVD] (DVD)
the film is about a man who has lost his wife and a son who wants to make him happy again, its full of humur and is very romantic in an innocent way, a good happy ending.
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