Sleepless in Seattle Reviews
Unfortunately, everything else in the film falls apart, and struggles to live up to its unique premise. Nora Ephron mostly fails to deliver the same kind of organic character development that made her past outing, screenwriting work on Rob Reiner's classic When Harry Met Sally, work so well. Ephron seems to think she's delivering some sort of tongue-in-cheek look at the tropes of romantic comedies, especially when it comes to Meg Ryan's half of the story, and yet she delivers every single trope in the book and follows every beat you expect. The promise the film sets up in the first act is utterly wasted as it slowly devolves into a third act full of moments that are too idealistic for their own good: idealism in romance can work when handled correctly, but this film sacrifices logical character motivations in favor of it, and it hurts the film more than it helps it.
If you're going to watch any 90s rom-com, stick with When Harry Met Sally. Aside from two memorable performances from Hanks and Ryan, it doesn't flow as well and lacks the same kind of impact of Ephron's past work.
i hate the kid so much, i hate him more that i hate joffrey, he is such a brat, he is so naive and annoyingly confident, calling the radio show in the first place, and then giving them their address, and the calling again to bitch about victoria, and so many more things i hate his friend jessica, her stupid initialisms, that no one of any generation used, they were not cute, not once
this movie was a chore, from start to finish
"What If someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew, was the only someone for you?" Sleepless in Seattle is the most surprising, climax-twisting, build-up classic romantic comedy of all time. The two main characters, Annie, played by Meg Ryan, and Sam, played by Tom Hanks, indulge in each other's love before even getting the chance to personally come in physical contact- until the very last reel of the movie. Sleepless In Seattle does everything that just any classic romantic comedy should do; Two main characters, who are separated by circumstances, endless humor, and consists of the popular theory of love by fate. However, it handles these issues that is unique amongst romantic comedies.
Annie and Sam are the classic romantic comedy couple, only their relationship consists of a twist. Annie can't seem to find any compatibility with her fiancÚ Walter, meanwhile Sam is just recovering from his wife's death. Despite all of the mishap associated with the both of their previous relationships, there are continuous types of signals leading one to think that they will end up together, with no doubt in mind. They really will radiate magical love. There is no coincidence that Annie's previous boyfriend, and Sam's recent girlfriend both have flaws that in a way, distance them from one another.
Humor is an important attribute to just any romantic comedy. Although most romantic comedies consist of some catchy crack-up scenes, Sleepless In Seattle consists of humor that gives the audience great laughs, not just through some parts of the movie, but throughout the entire film. One particular scene, that tends to really make everyone laugh is the part during dinner, when Sam and his friends Greg and Suzy are there to hear about this new girl, Annie. Sam tells them that she intends to meet him on Valentine's Day, on the top of The Empire State Building. Without hesitating Suzy instantly is reminded of the movie called An Affair to Remember. She begins telling Sam that the man waited and waited for her to get there, but she got hit by a taxi and never made it up. By this point of telling the story, she is completely sobbing and Sam just stares at her blankly. Suzy continues on with the movie, but you can tell Sam has absolutely no interest in it. Shortly after this conversation ends, Sam turns to Greg this time and begins talking about how he wants a wife who can simply sit down and eat dinner peacefully without weeping about a movie. (Referring to Suzy). He then says, "Although I did cry at the end of The Dirty Dozen." He tells of the depressing parts in the movie and finds himself sobbing about it all. How ironic, indeed.
This film carries on humor through almost every conversation. At one point in the movie, Sam's son, Jonah asks his father as serious as can be, "When you get a new wife, I guess you'll get to have sex with her, huh?" Sam says, "I certainly hope so." Then Jonah goes on to ask, "Will she scratch up your back?" and confusedly Sam asks what he means by that. Jonah says, "In the movies, women are always scratching up the men's back and screaming and stuff when they're have sex." Sam asks how in the world he knows that. Jonah concludes, "Jessica's got cable."
The plot of this movie consists of the theory of love by fate when Annie and Sam finally end up together at the very end of the movie. However, Sam's son, Jonah, played by Ross Malinger, from the beginning to end wants anything and everything to do with Annie and makes his desire for her and his dad to work out very clear and apparent. His interest in her is stimulating. Jonah is practically the one who found Annie for Sam, and he's the one that set him up with her in the first place. From the perspective of a child, he's not at all in tuned with the worldly desires, unlike other characters in this movie and seems to know just exactly what his dad needs in a wifely figure. It's as if Jonah knew all along that his dad would marry her specifically.
Sleepless In Seattle creates the most charming, humoring, and catchy love story. It is certain that it meets every fulfillment and criteria for being considered a "Romantic Comedy." From the beginning Annie and Sam both being separated from their previous lovers for the reasoning to fall in love with someone else, to endless amounts of humor that ensures the audience a laughing watch, and the theory of falling in love by fate through Jonah Baldwin's own eyes, nothing but a phenomenal job done by writer Nora Ephron.