When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron were a magic combination for witty dialogue and interesting characters. Combine that with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby at the height of their game and you have a film that you can’t help but quote.
Everyone knows the scene that ends with “I’ll have what she’s having” (spoken by the director’s mother, Estelle Reiner) but it’s the interplay between Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) and their best friends Marie (Fisher) and Jess (Kirby) that are so delightful. They make four neurotic characters completely likeable and their comic timing is spot on. Watching it again recently emphasised the tragedy of losing Fisher and Kirby so young.
The quotable lines are too numerous to mention; the phone messages, the stupid wagon wheel Roy Rogers garage sale coffee table, baby fish mouth sweeping the nation, Charlie Chaplin having kids when he’s 73 and days of the week underpants. If you haven’t seen it for a while, it’s worth a rewatch.
Are there films that you can’t help but quote in random situations?
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