Travel Film Friday: “When Harry Met Sally”

sallyTomorrow evening I will be boarding an overnight bus to my home away from home — New York City. Diverting from my December Woody Allen theme for Travel Film Friday, I decided to honour my favourite happy place on this earth with a Rob Reiner film, When Harry Met Sally. It’s not a “travelling” film, per se, but it takes place in NYC. For me, that’s enough.

I don’t know what can be said about this movie that hasn’t already been said — it is twenty-four years old, after all. Nonetheless, here’s my summary of the film in case you haven’t had the chance to see it for yourself.

A young man and woman meet in university, decide to carpool home to New York City after they graduate, then don’t see each other again for years afterwards (much to each one’s pleasure as they got along horribly). Eventually they run into each other as older adults, become friends, and explore the intricacies of maintaining a friendship with a member of the opposite sex.

Set against the backdrop of New York City, with quirky characters and touching moments, this movie is a classic that should maintain a spot on everyone’s DVD shelf (at least in my opinion). Plus, a part of the movie takes place over the holidays, so I figured it’s appropriate for this time of the year 😉



One thought on “Travel Film Friday: “When Harry Met Sally”

  1. As you rightly point out When Harry Met Sally is a very appropriate movie choice for this time of year, in fact it’s a wonderful choice for any time of year.

    Watching it again on Blu-ray recently, it’s wasn’t only Barry Sonnenfeld’s beautiful New York visuals that leapt into sharper focus. Keen-eyed, bittersweet and sharp as a tack, director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron’s film is crammed with razor sharp and caustic observations about relationships and divorce. Far from being the comforting chick-flick of popular memory, When Harry Met Sally stands as a defiant equal-opportunity movie, whose verbal sparring recalls ’ the battle-of-the-sexes comedies of Hollywood’s golden age.

    Glad to meet someone else who appreciates this gem.

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