Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
We've compiled our favourite scary movies streaming right now, so enter if you dare!x
review, When Harry Met Sally..., When, Harry, Met, Sally..., film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, home entertainment, DVD, Blu-ray, Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford, Lisa Jane Persky, Michelle Nicastro, Gretchen Palmer, Robert Alan Beuth, Harley Jane Kozak, Rob Reiner, Comedy, Romance film rating

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...

30 YEARS AGO, A BOY MET A GIRL

RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Ashley Teresa
15th July 2019

In a large cinematic canon of films exploring long sprawling love stories, 'When Harry Met Sally...' still stands out from the rest, even 30 years on. Perhaps it’s the wonderful performances from its leads, Billy Crystal (‘Monsters University’) and Meg Ryan ('You've Got Mail'), playing the titular Harry and Sally as their paths intersect over a 12-year period. Maybe it’s the wholesome interludes, recounting real-life love stories of elderly couples. Or maybe it’s the film's refreshing take on the age-old question: "can a man and a woman be friends?"

The answer this film gives is... kind of?

What I appreciate about 'When Harry Met Sally...' is how open the lead characters are with each other. There's no game-playing, no underlying intentions. This is just two characters who, even before they inevitably fall for each other, simply and deeply care for one another. One of the film's best moments takes place moments after Harry and Sally argue over their exes, throwing truthful but harmful barbs at one another. Realising their friendship is more important than the argument, Harry quickly pulls Sally in for a hug.

'WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...' TRAILER

Perhaps the reason the chemistry between Harry and Sally feels so authentic is exactly because of their delayed romance. Instead of rushing into bed together or only being interested in each other when the relationship is romantically viable, Harry and Sally get years of friendship to learn about each other and, through each other, the opposite sex. Where other films that attempt this (such as 'The Ugly Truth') seem to pat themselves on the back for dropping hot truths and observations on how men and women operate, 'When Harry Met Sally...' is full of conversations that one could easily see a man and a woman having in real life (such real-life conversations are also indebted to the film through its coining of such phrases as "high maintenance").

Despite the main theme of this film being sex, the film itself does not feature any, and arguably is all the better for it. Rather than the act itself, the film concerns itself with the politics surrounding male and female sexuality, how they work together and how they can differ. I’m super grateful for a film like this that, even in the late 80s, was telling women that it was okay to be demanding and accept their own quirks which some might deem as flaws. Sally’s friends pressure her to move on from a broken relationship, despite the fact that she is still very much needing time to heal, with the concern of a ticking clock on their minds. Sally subscribes to this notion to a degree, but not to the point where she feels like a submissive, cliché-ridden female lead. Similarly, Harry bends the expectations of what a male romantic lead should be. While he initially begins as a typical sex-driven character, his divorce turns him into a man not afraid to discuss his feelings and bares his soul to Sally. The comfort he gets from confiding in his best friend about the storm of emotions his wife’s betrayal has left him in shows men that it’s okay to open up.

'When Harry Met Sally...' doesn’t feel dated in the way that a film released 30 years ago might.

Not only does the film act like a textbook on friendship and romance, it is also incredibly funny. Watching Harry and Sally’s attempt to set up their best friends (Carrie Fisher, the ‘Star Wars’ series, and Bruno Kirby, ‘City Slickers’) with each other backfire spectacularly is among the films funniest moments, along with the four-way phone call scene, which took 61 takes to get perfect. Of course, it would be remiss to not touch on that famous scene in Katz's Delicatessen, arguably the scene by which this film will always be remembered. I can’t imagine how men watching that scene in a theatre for the first time would have felt.

Despite the remarkably different landscapes of dating in the 80s versus the 2010s, 'When Harry Met Sally...' doesn’t feel dated in the way that a film released 30 years ago might - which speaks to not only to how enjoyable it is, but to how integral it is to making sense of friendship and love. The charm this film has is still palpable, rightfully earning its cultural spot as one of the sweetest, funniest, most enjoyable romantic comedies.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 1h 35m
CAST: Meg Ryan
Billy Crystal
Carrie Fisher
Bruno Kirby
Steven Ford
Lisa Jane Persky
Michelle Nicastro
Gretchen Palmer
Robert Alan Beuth
Harley Jane Kozak
DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner
PRODUCERS: Rob Reiner
Andrew Scheinman
Nora Ephron
Steve Nicolaides
Jeffrey Stott
WhenHarryMetSallyMovie
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Jumanji: The Next Level - Return to the greatest adventure of all time
TRENDINGWIN JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVELReturn to the greatest adventure of all time
Spies in Disguise - An awesome animated spy film for the whole family
TRENDINGWIN SPIES IN DISGUISEAn awesome animated spy film for the whole family
The Sophia Loren Collection: Volume One - See the screen legend like never before
TRENDINGWIN THE SOPHIA LOREN COLLECTION: VOLUME ONESee the screen legend like never before
Lockdown and Catch Up - The best horror films streaming right now
TRENDINGLOCKDOWN AND CATCH UPThe best horror films streaming right now
Lockdown and Catch Up - The best drama films streaming right now
TRENDINGLOCKDOWN AND CATCH UPThe best drama films streaming right now
Kristen Stewart: From 'Twilight' to Arthouse - Celebrating a career as unique as the actress herself
TRENDINGKRISTEN STEWART: FROM 'TWILIGHT' TO ARTHOUSECelebrating a career as unique as the actress herself
28 Days Later - ...15 years later
TRENDING28 DAYS LATER...15 years later
Blue - A thought-provoking underwater journey
TRENDINGBLUEA thought-provoking underwater journey
Kiki, Love to Love - Less sexy in Spain
TRENDINGKIKI, LOVE TO LOVELess sexy in Spain
Burning Kiss - Baroque, eye-catching Australian neo-noir
TRENDINGBURNING KISSBaroque, eye-catching Australian neo-noir
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
2:22 - Mind-bending metaphysical mumbo-jumbo
TRENDING2:22Mind-bending metaphysical mumbo-jumbo
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
Hercules - He will rock you
TRENDINGHERCULESHe will rock you
Pixar Animation, ranked - Revisiting and ranking the films of the animation powerhouse
TRENDINGPIXAR ANIMATION, RANKEDRevisiting and ranking the films of the animation powerhouse
Five Feet Apart - Breathing borrowed air and clichés
TRENDINGFIVE FEET APARTBreathing borrowed air and clichés
How to Train Your Dragon - An animation that reached new heights
TRENDINGHOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONAn animation that reached new heights
The Big Trip - Should have stayed at home
TRENDINGTHE BIG TRIPShould have stayed at home
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
TRENDINGTHE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALEAn extremely silly zomedy
Samui Song - A twisty, noir-ish exploration of female identity in Thailand
TRENDINGSAMUI SONGA twisty, noir-ish exploration of female identity in Thailand
© 2011 - 2020 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us