The basic story involves the long friendship
of Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan), who
eventually, and humorously, try a shot at love. The insightful
and funny screenplay, by Nora Ephron, has a lot to say about
men and women and the way they look at friendship, love, and
"When Harry Met Sally" makes a great
date movie because it humorously chronicles a developing relationship.
In addition, its message that men and women CAN be friends,
is one both of you can agree on.
My favorite scene, and almost everyone's, takes
place in a deli. When Crystal questions Ryan's ability to convincingly
fake orgasm, she puts on a demonstration for him, to Crystal's
mortification and the amusement of the other deli patrons.
Ryan and Crystal make a cute couple, they were
perfectly cast, and have great chemistry. Meg Ryan is simply
adorable in this film.
Of the supporting players, Bruno Kirby and
Carrie Fisher excel. They play friends, Jess and Marie, who
can't help sticking their noses into Crystal and Ryan's business.
The film is well directed and paced. Director
Rob Reiner was in particularly good form with this film. This
is a perfect movie for Woody Allen fans who think the Woodman
hasn't been funny enough in recent years.