Year of Revisiting #2 – When Harry Met Sally
“The clock doesn’t really start to tick until you’re thirty-six.”
Can men and women be friends? I’ve seen When Harry Met Sally dozens of times and I still don’t get what the answer is supposed to be.
But I love this movie, about a long-simmering friendship that boils into love with some stops at hate and misunderstanding along the way. (I am not mixing metaphors: this is liquid that travels.) Despite the story’s sense of romance as a competitive sport (uck), I find Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) totally charming and their relationship fun and believable. They are able to be friends because both implicitly take the idea of dating off the table. Yet it is this easiness that allows their love to blossom—at which time the pressure is suddenly back on. Like most matters of the heart, it’s a catch-22 that doesn’t make much sense but is perfectly true.
Harry Connick, Jr.’s music is great, and the interludes telling stories about older couples meeting are some of the most touching I’ve seen.
Plus, that diner scene makes me LOL every time.