‘I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.’ It’s my favorite line from one of my all time favorite movies …You’ve Got Mail. Awww. I guess it’s a little long in the tooth now (1998). The technology is kind of old. I suppose, ‘you’ve gotta tweet, or you’ve gotta twix (as an 85 year old I know refers to it) might be more like it in today’s world.
Nah. I wanna go back to the days when Meg Ryan’s heart flutters when she got a simple email from a mystery friend she’d met in an “over 30’s” chat room. I loved their electronic repartee. I liked it when she spilled her guts to Tom Hanks, not knowing he and his big box store was her problem, and he’d offer her all sorts of Godfatherly advice.
I still smile when I think about them meeting in her quaint bookstore for the first time and he sees the picture of her mother and her as a young girl. He asked, “What were you doing?” “Twirling,” she says with a twinkle in her eye, as if her mind has gone back in time to that very moment. “We were twirling.”
There are several reasons why You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies.
- I am a hopeless romantic. Of course Meg/Tom aka Kathleen/Joe just had to end up together.
- Greg Kinnear is a hoot, and cute too.
- I love movies set in NYC.
- I love bookstores old and new.
- I love the fall/autumn.
- I just love “back to school” season.
- I’m crazy about school supplies!
- My heart flutters still when I get an email, a message in Messenger, a text, a Facebook notification, a Facebook or Blog like, or really any kind of electronic affirmation from someone special! I’m kind of pitiful that way.
- Nora Ephron movies are just good. Who doesn’t love When Harry met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle?
Truly, I’m just a sap for a good romantic comedy. Here are some of my other all time favorites and some new ones too.
- Sabrina (1954, 1995) with Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, Lauren Holly & Greg Kinnear (both of them, but I like the “new” one better)
- Crossing Delancey with Amy Irving & Peter Riegert (1988) also set in a NYC bookstore. (The soundtrack with the Roches is terrific!)
- Bridget Jones Diary (2001) with Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, & Hugh Grant. (Every line is the best line. I think I have the script memorized.)
- Two Weeks’ Notice (2002) with Sandra Bullock & Hugh Grant.
- The Holiday (2006) with Cameron Diaz & Jude Lalalaw. (Their first kiss is one of the best first kisses ever!)
- The Ugly Truth (2009) with Katherine Heigl & Gerard Butler.
- New in Town (2009) Renee Zellweger & Harry Connick, Jr. (Absolutely love when she falls off the porch!)
- Bridesmaids (2011) with Kristen Wiig and Chris O’Dowd. (It kills me when he tells her that he ate her cake!)
Yikes! Why have I not seen a good romantic comedy in 4 years? Must correct soon. Anyone have a suggestion?