A very affable and enjoyable little romcom. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan reunite for the third (and most likely final time) after Joe Vs. The Volcano and the excellent and popular Sleepless in Seattle. They make a likeable couple who met in a chatroom and under the pseudonyms of Shopgirl and NY152 communicate via email (as this film was made in the late nineties, it's rather funny seeing their old computers connect to the internet via dial-up). However, the pair cross paths not knowing that they are in fact emailing eachother. Shopgirl (Ryan) is actually Kathleen Kelly, the owner of a small, independent bookshop on the Upper West Side of New York City. NY152 (Hanks) is the multimillionaire owner of a large chain of bookstores. As time passes, trouble ensues as Hanks discovers that his internet pal is Kelly, but she has no idea. After many ups and downs, I imagine you can guess the ending...
The real star of this film is the soundtrack, with many classic hits from Harry Nilson and the score is undeniably cute and cheerful.
This film is when Ryan was at the top of her game, Queen of the Romcom (whatever happened to her..??), with Hanks also on good form. Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, Julie and Julia) writes and directs this film, proving that she knows how to write a good romantic comedy.
Overall, a charming little film, which, despite being predictable makes for a perfect lazy, rainy afternoon film. Featuring supporting performances by Greg Kinnear, Heather Burns and Jean Stapleton.