Film 243 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally”. This Rob Reiner romantic comedy follows the title characters from the time they meet just before sharing a cross-country drive, through twelve years of chance encounters in New York City. The film raises the question “Can men and women ever just be friends?” and advances many ideas about relationships such as those of the “high-maintenance” girlfriend and the “transitional person”. What I thought going into it was going to be just another rom-com that I’ll forget about actually turned out to be a really enjoyable film that taught me a bit about how to start relationships and how to not ruin them. Don’t buy a coffee table with a wagon wheel on it. There’s a line that Harry’s says at the beginning of the film, “Men and women can’t be friends cos the sex part always gets in the way”. I don’t know if that’s true but it certainly came across as that in this film. Then you have the famous scene in the restaurant. Does that really need explaining? Fun Fact of the Film – The famous orgasm scene was filmed at a real restaurant (Katz’s Deli, 205 E Houston St, New York). Overall, I really enjoyed watching this film and would recommend it to people. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally”.
Film – When Harry Met Sally…
Year – 1989
Director – Rob Reiner
Written by – Nora Ephron
Staring – Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
IMDb Rating – 7.6/10
My Rating – 7.5/10
Length – 91 min (1h 31min)
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Is this a piano rendition of “Mack the Knife”?
We open with an old couple talking about marriage
Welcome to Chicago University 1977
Don’t mind if I watch you two make out
Thanks for leaving your grape juice all over my window… and the cameraman
Harry & Sally are on their way to New York from Chicago
How did they get from a one-way street to a interstate within one second?
Lets kill time by talking about Casablanca
Thanks for telling an entire restaurant that you had great sex
Shout out to “Ramblin’ Man” by Allman Brothers in the background
No one can had great sex with a Sheldon
Just say you want a salad and a slice of pie
“Days-of-the-week underpants” – Are these still a thing?
Wait… They don’t make Sunday pants because of God?!
We are just friends
“Men and women can’t be friends cos the sex part always gets in the way”
Is it wrong that I’m getting relationship tips from Billy Crystal?
So… Harry brought one suitcase and a baseball bat with him for life in New York
So… Is the old couple meant to be old Harry and Sally 50 years later… So… This is in 2027
It’s 1983 and Harry and Sally reunite with Joe at an airport
This scene is dragging
Excuse me, random stranger, but can you stop listening to our conversation?
So… You only take people to airports one month into a relationship?!
Harry tells Sally that he’s getting married to a lawyer
Did Harry suffer memory loss in the five years away from Sally?
Wait… Why are we getting interviews from a bunch of old couples?
Who spends $1600 on a table?
Is this really a conversation a group of women have over wine?
Sally breaks the news that her and Joe have split
Why does this woman have a purse full of men’s names & numbers?
Meanwhile… At a New York Giants vs Detroit Lions game, Harry breaks the news that he and the lawyer are divorced
Is this really a conversation to have at a NFL game?
Wait… She moved out and divorced Harry on his birthday and moved to South America
Meanwhile… At Borders… Or Waterstones…. Sally and Harry happen to be in the same store
Wait… It’s now 1984
Lets talk about our exs over coffee
“We can have sex on the kitchen floor and not worry about the kids walking in” – What?
INTERMISSION – This film has made me hungry
We’re back and Sally is still going on and on
On a walk through the park, Sally asks Harry to dinner
Back to the old people interviews with a couple who don’t let the other talk
Lets return to our Casablanca conversation from 6 years ago
Depression means you can get some rest – BOLLOCKS (I had it for a year and nearly ended it)
Why is Sally looking through the mail box?
Stop moaning, Harry
Who makes love in front of Olympic Judges as a dream?
Time to try funny accents in a museum
I no longer want pecan pie
Since when did Harry become a fashion consultant?
Harry meets with his mate at the batting range
“You made a woman meow during sex” – You shagged a cat
Oh no! It’s that scene!
Well… That just happened
It’s December and snowing in New York and the two are buying a tree
Now it’s 1985 and Harry has finally had a shave
[INSERT OLD COUPLE INTERVIEW]
Sally has got Harry to go on a date with one of her friends
And… Harry has got Sally to go on a date with his mate
Well… This is awkward… Check please
Actually… Wanna swap dates?
[INSERT OLD COUPLE INTERVIEW]
Four months later and Harry and Saly are shopping for gifts
Lets sings karaoke in a store – Oklahoma soundtrack do it for you?
They then find Ira and Helen, Harry’s ex wife
Do you like our glass table made out of a wagon wheel?
Think that was a no
Time for a game of Picturary
Wait… Did both Harry & Sally find someone else to love now?
Finally! Sally finally gets upset over something…. Joe’s getting married
Aren’t you glad I’m here with a box of Kleenex to hear your stories?
You’re gonna be 40…. in about 15/20 years?
Did Charlie Chaplin really have kids at 73?
So… Is this really what happens when a man & woman chat about their exs?
Shout out to Evian
So… They now regret what they did
Well… Shall we eat and not talk about last night ever again?
Time for Harry & Sally’s friends to get married to each other
Oh… And they’re the bridesmaid/best man
Never call a woman a dog
Don’t think the “Staff Only ” kitchen is the place to argue?
Now it’s December 1985 – I think
This is now reached levels of “Desperate” on Harry’s half
Harry spends his New Year alone while Sally dances with a boyfriend at a party
A boyfriend she clearly doesn’t like
What a waste of a perfectly good ice cream
And Harry’s quotes come back to haunt him
Harry confeses his love to Sally
It’s now 1986 and Sally still hates Harry… But in a loving way?!?
Now for Harry & Sally’s interview and they’ve married each other