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½ July 17, 2016
It's not bad as a movie, but the premise and message are wrong.
July 9, 2016
Sleepless in Seattle is interesting in that it's a romance, and yet the two main characters are very rarely seen onscreen at the same time. The fact that these two characters are separated by thousands of miles sort of splits the film into two sections: a tale of grief and father-son drama after the death of a wife and a mother, and a story of a young woman who is stuck between a relationship with a fiancÚ and being in love with a man she's never met. In terms of performances, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are both solid in portraying these characters, with the former in particular truly standing out with a balance of charm and emotional moments that he so consistently delivers.

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.
July 9, 2016
Did you see You've Got Mail? Because if you did, you have seen this....same movie. Acting was good, the story...(Yawn)
June 19, 2016
this movie is completely ridiculous in the worst ways, the events don't feel magical like the movie tells you they are, the feel forced by sheer will of the writers and director, i felt to chemistry between the leads, hell they didn't even speak to each other until 99.9% was over
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
June 16, 2016
There's just something special about this one.
March 23, 2016
didn't live up to hype
½ February 20, 2016
Quite possibly the most over-rated romantic comedy I've ever watched with a flimsy-as-hell plot and nothing at all happening beneath the surface; though it is salvaged by Tom Hanks' screen presence and the banter he has with his son. Watching this film today was like stepping back in time to the 50s when women were kept in a neat, little box and their only duties were to cook and clean; that's how ass-backwards this movie portrays women. Every single female character is a sappy, dependent, and unfulfilled woman who can only survive by being with a man and cries her eyes out watching romantic films; can you say stereotype? The main story is that Tom Hanks tragically loses his wife in a car accident and his son pimps him out over the radio to try and get him to move on with his life: great setup for the story, but it ultimately goes nowhere as we get Meg Ryan's character falling in love with him over the air and begins lying to her fiancÚ so she can pursue this fantasy over and over again. And that's exactly what this film is; a fantasy that tries to convince you that this kind of world exists. As mentioned before, this film would've been a trainwreck if it wasn't for the talents of Tom Hanks who can make almost anything watchable and when he's on-screen the film works, but I checked out of this about halfway through as I found the cliches and stereotypes too unbearable; surprisingly this was directed by a woman too! I simply do not understand the love for this film.
½ February 11, 2016
Moral of the movie - women can stalk men and it is ok to mentally cheat on someone. fail.
December 7, 2015
Sleepless In Seattle: Phenomenal Example of a Romantic Comedy
"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.
½ November 7, 2015
More funny than romantic.
October 28, 2015
Nora Ephron crafts a gloriously longing and hopeful story in Sleepless in Seattle, a film in which love interests don't meet until the final scene. Gently paced and beautifully observant, it is a love letter to romance, American modernity, and cinephilia that is unafraid to explore the comforts and devastations of human connection.
½ October 16, 2015
Nora Ephron loved the combination of Hanks ad Ryan so much she has used them in two different films as the main protagonists. The films look very much alike at first glance, and I could forgive anyone for thinking one is the sequel to the other, or the reedited the first film and rereleased it trying to pass it off as a different film. Not so, the characters in both films are totally different. My qualm with films is the same though, Tom Hanks. Something about him in both films made me less than enthusiastic, maybe I was hoping for a handsomer lead guy or one with a sparkling personality. Meg Ryan is pretty good though. The story is very interesting, not exactly Wuthering Heights but still good.
August 5, 2015
Classic favorite. Sweet feel good movie!
August 3, 2015
A really cute and classic romantic dramedy. It was creative and unique for its time and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were huge at this point in time. Overall pretty good for the genre, just not amazing!
July 16, 2015
A classic, charming love story. Can watch over and over.
June 30, 2015
Skip this chick flick. Ages 8+
June 9, 2015
Best romantic movie I've seen. ­'?­? 1/4
May 7, 2015
Good romantic picture with beatiful actors that delights you.
May 4, 2015
On my top 10 favorite movie list along with the Soundtrack!
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