When Harry Met Sally

Sure, Nora Ephron’s iconic rom-dramedy When Harry Met Sally might flunk the Bechdel test; anxious Harry might neg the self-assured Sally across decades and state lines and spiritual planes; and sure, 1989 had no word for sadboi, so it gave us Harry instead – however, his soulmate, Sally, is no passive ingenue. Between sweet retellings of long-married couples’ IRL love stories, and the patient passing of time, Meg Ryan matches Billy Crystal’s ad-libbed flirting with matter-of-fact feminist zingers, and his cheeky mansplaining with cinema’s most famous improvised fake orgasm in history.

With nods to romantic staples like Pillow Talk and Casablanca, a dialogue whose crackling wit warms us like a roaring fireplace, Carrie Fisher in a hilarious turn as Sally’s bff, and two irreplaceable portrayals of friendship, sex, and humanity from Crystal & Ryan, When Harry Met Sally is pinnacle feel-good but never dishonest.

Dir. Rob Reiner, 1989, 35mm, 96 min.

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