Years and years ago, around the tail-end of my teenage years, I did not like romantic comedies. I remember my friends dragging me to see Fools Rush In, the 1997 release featuring Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry. I hated it. Despite everything that happens, they get back together in the end, as in so many romantic comedies. And to me that was total bullshit because, as I had recently found out, sometimes there is no happy ending. Of course, I had just broken up with my high school girlfriend, the love of my life (or so I thought at the time). Naturally I despised the happy ending.
These days I am a very different person from that heartbroken teenager. Most importantly, I can now appreciate a good romantic comedy. You have probably noticed that there is a kind of sequence that things should follow. The pair are introduced, they meet, they get to know each other, they get together, something goes wrong that separates them, and in the end they get back together. Like always, there are exceptions to these rules, but I think they fit many in the genre. This week's movie selection is no exception to the rule. However, I think it is one of the better romantic comedies there are. I speak, of course, of When Harry Met Sally.
The year was 1989. The director was Rob Reiner. The onscreen prospective couple: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. I recently watched this movie with my girlfriend, since she had never seen it. I was surprised to find that this movie is still funny. Billy Crystal is awesome with his constant wise-cracks. Meg Ryan is absolutely beautiful and looks totally hot, even with her bad late-eighties clothes and hair. What's more, they both have some really good onscreen chemistry. This isn't one of those modern romantic comedies where you get some hunky, yet ultimately dull, leading man and some awesomely hot, yet completely talentless, leading lady. Indeed both Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal are both phenomenal actors. But it's more than just the two of them which make this movie great.
The short interviews with the old couples at various parts of the movie add a lot. In the movie itself the characters, particularly the main characters, are constantly dealing with relationships. In addition, they are constantly trying to define it, and find that over time, their definitions must change. By including the interviews with the old couples, you get more of a sense of exploration of what a lasting relationship is and what it means. And the final interview, with Harry and Sally as a couple, really brings the movie together. It's almost as if you can imagine them as one of the old couples from earlier, telling the story of how they got together.
If you've read my bio, you know that I prefer movies where things go boom. I do, however, enjoy a good romantic comedy, although more for the comedy than the romance. If you have not seen When Harry Met Sally you are either too young or you grew up in a closet (my girlfriend was too young). Regardless of the reason, go watch it right now. For those of you who have seen it, what do you think? What would you say is the best romantic comedy you have seen?