Last week, my sister suggested I start writing one post per week regarding romantic movies and then critiquing whether or not I felt love could hold up given the scripted situations. Naturally, I thought it was a great idea since I’m a sucker for a good rom-com. Can I say that while maintaining my masculinity? I’ll try not to spoil it for you.
This week I chose one of my favorites, You’ve Got Mail
I’ve always been a huge fan of Tom Hanks, and I’m tired of defending Meg Ryan but I’ve kind of had a crush on her since I was a kid. Yeah, I know she may not have the electrifying beauty you see from female stars these days, but she was always “the girl next door” kind of hot.
In this movie, Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) owns a local homegrown bookstore called the “Shop Around the Corner” which is being threatened by a new bookstore chain moving on to the same street called “Foxbooks”, owned by Joe Fox (Tom Hanks). The twist here is they both have secret Internet trists that develop in to feelings of romance through a series of e-mails. They later find out their secret web-based love affairs are, in fact, each other and are left with the sticky decision to either move on with their businesses, or to allow love to conquer all.
First of all, I love this movie. It’s the perfect flick for when you need a reminder that love can sneak up on you, and may come from the place least expected. Even though these days social media has become the gateway for information about users on the receiving end of your messages, you have to keep in mind that in 1998 when this movie first rolled out, Internet dating was still mysterious and risque. So to be carrying on an Internet relationship without knowing fully who you were dealing with was highly possible.
This is a classic love story between a man and a woman, who while sharing in similar interest and goals, were forced to overlook their differences and answer to a higher power of love- all the while teaching each other important life lessons along the way. While it may be a little cliche and predictable, I still highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a quick recharge in their search for love. It’s sweet, romantic, a little cheesy, and comical- everything you would want out of a romantic comedy.