Wow, 20 years since Sleepless in Seattle changed romcoms forever.
Inspired by film An Affair to Remember, we see clips, themes, and discussions of it throughout. I have to say this is a complete chick flick on so many levels, but it also has some really funny scenes.
They’re discussing movies and Wilson goes into a long, ugly cry monologue about An Affair to Remember with the two men and young boy looking at her as if she’s gone completely insane.
Then Hanks and Garber start joking about how sad The Dirty Dozen was and they’re crying about guns and bombs and Trini Lopez, it’s side-splittingly funny and apparently improvised.
Bill Pullman (Mr. Wrong, Singles, Independence Day, While You Were Sleeping, Spaceballs, Casper, Too Big To Fail) is the scene-stealer of this film. He’s brilliant as the hilarious and handsome incredible allergic fiancé-plot-device-about-to-be-dumped-for-Tom-Hanks.
Walter (Bill Pullman) and Annie (Meg Ryan) are in New York registering for their wedding, at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day when Annie breaks up with Walter to go meet the love of her life, a man she’s never met. There’s romance and then there’s huh?
The fantastic cast, including: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rosie O’Donnell, Gaby Hoffmann, Victor Garber, Rita Wilson, Barbara Garrick, Carey Lowell, David Hyde Pierce (who quips, “It rains 9 months of the year in Seattle”, a little nod to Frasier), Dana Ivey, Rob Reiner, Kevin O’Morrison carries the film through most challenges and inaccuracies.
Directed and co-written by Nora Ephron (with David S. Ward, and Jeff Arch who also came up with the story). Produced by Gary Foster.
The soundtrack is a lot of older stuff, like most Ephron films, including Harry Connick Jr. (the Michael Buble of his day), Carly Simon, Louis Armstrong, etc.
When I was younger I found romance movies very unrealistic, I still do, but enjoy them for what they are.
I guess imaginary love really does conquer all.