\ Combustible Celluloid Review - When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Nora Ephron, Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford, Lisa Jane Persky, Michelle Nicastro
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With: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford, Lisa Jane Persky, Michelle Nicastro
Written by: Nora Ephron
Directed by: Rob Reiner
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Running Time: 96
Date: 07/12/1989
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When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

High Maintenance

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Arguably the prototype for the modern-day romantic comedy (Woody Allen's Annie Hall was impossible to copy), When Harry Met Sally is perhaps best known for its little moments (the fake orgasm, for instance), and bits of dialogue ("high maintenance"), than for the whole. Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) start as enemies, but despite the fact that Harry says men and women can't be friends, they strike up a friendship years later. They talk, watch Casablanca on TV, and complain about other relationships, and, eventually things escalate. It ends at a New Year's Eve party, making it, of course, one of the best of all New Year's films. Crystal has, arguably, never been better, while Ryan set herself up for a run as "America's Sweetheart." Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher are very funny as the prototypical "best friend" characters, whose total existence revolves around the main characters' love lives. Nora Ephron received an Oscar nomination for her screenplay, and Rob Reiner directed with colorful crispness; Barry Sonnenfeld provided the cinematography before becoming a director himself. Harry Connick Jr. sang many of the soft jazz tunes on the soundtrack.

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