When Harry Met Sally @ 30

A week I made a celebratory post on my blog as I realised one of my favorite movies have reached a milestone of thirty years after it’s release. And now I am happy to find that another one of my favorite movies are also at this amazing milestone. So here’s the road down memory lane as I revisit – When Harry Met Sally.

Theatrical release poster

Title : When Harry Met Sally

Country of origin: United States

Language : English

Directed by : Rob Reiner

Written by : Nora Ephron

Starring : Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Music : Mark Shaiman and Harry Connick Jr.

Released : 21 July 1989

Duration: 96 minutes

From left to right Meg Ryan as Sally and Billy Crystal as Harry

Sally meets Harry as a coincidence via Sally’s friend Amanda. They both go on an 18- hour long journey together. Over the journey Harry is depicted as carefree, a person who will literally just open his mind and have a way with his words that make you think and question your answers. Sally meanwhile is meticulous and obsessive about the smallest things especially at having the sauce/cream to be at the side of the main dish and not on top of it!

But I’d like the pie heated and I don’t want the ice cream on top I want it on the side and I’d like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it if not then no ice cream just whipped cream but only if it’s real if it’s out of a can then nothing

-Sally

During the date Harry mentions that he finds her attractive, but she passes it off as he is dating her friend, Amanda. Later they both debate on Harry’s opinion that men and women can’t be friends unless they’re not attracted to each other.

The two then meet five years later, Sally dating Harry’s neighbour Joe and Harry is about to get married, much to the surprise of Sally.

Another five years pass and they both meet again at a book store. Harry is struggling with his divorce as his wife leaves him and Sally is fresh out of a breakup from Joe, but seemingly “over” him.

Over time the two spend an increasinh amount of time with each other and to their frienfs they always say that they’re close friends.

But somehow we time passes the two become pretty close that one night when Sally breaks down after hearing Joe is about to get married, the two sleep together.

As always the confusions arise as they try to make sense of their feelings only to unite on a new years day as Harry says –

I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

You know what’s the first thing that comes to my mind when I watch the movie? It’s not really related to the film but it’s at how life has changed. When the movie starts Sally hands over a map and asks him to check the route for their journey to New York. My millenial mind was thinking about Google Maps. And in the scene (the image above) we can see Sally reading a newspaper as they stand on the moving path in the airport. Nowadays you just see people glancing at their phones – no paper. It’s when you see movies like this that make you realise like how much time has actually changed.

There’s nothing extra ordinary about this movie. But it’s that ordinary feeling that makes it what it is, and why we love it. However the interjecting scenes of the really old couples talking about their decade long relationships and how they met, to only end with Harry and Sally talking the same way about their “12 year relationship” was really nice.

The personalities of the two characters are stark opposites. Both the actors played a good job portraying as them as they breathed life onto their characters. Whether it be perceptions of family, realtionships and marriages there’s a lot going on behind all the subtle dialogues in the movie.

“I’ll have what she is having.” I bet everyone remembers this scene.

The movie is simple and flows through easily through the 96 minutes. It makes you smile, it makes you think sometimes and it makes you happy. We celebrate their friendship as much as we celebrate their relationship.

It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk.

-Harry’s ice breaker

I bet this movie is special not just for me but for many of you out there. Why don’t you let me know what you love about their movie in the comments below!

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6 comments

  1. Itโ€™s always fun to take a trip down memorylane, that is for sure. And this is a really fun and heartwarming film to be sure. Itโ€™s a bit like they sometimes say: they donโ€™t make them like they used to ๐Ÿ˜Š Definitely a film to lift your spirits and make you feel good. Great post!

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