story is actually a remake of Ernst Lubitsch's "The Shop
Around The Corner," and this remake is a magnificent film.
Meg Ryan rules the screen in a delightful romantic comedy
that makes her an instant adoration of every man's heart,
and the sympathetic heroine everyone is rooting for.
Ryan plays an owner-proprietor, Kathleen Kelly, of a children's
bookstore that was originally owned by her mother. It
is just a little hole in the wall store, but loved by
everyone. On the other hand,
Hanks' character, Joe Fox, a take-charge kind of guy,
is seemingly the villain of the story. Fox owns a monolithic
book super store, Fox Books, that is ready to open its
newest branch across the street, not caring who he closes
down. After all, it is all "just part of the business."
While they're enemies in business, however, they don't
know that each one is the other's true affection via a
confidential long-term email correspondence. Hank's character
is the first one to realize that the hostile woman he
put out of business, is his beloved E-Mail pen pal, while
Ryan's character doesn't have a clue who he really is
until the very end of the movie. This information puts
Hanks in an awkward, and uncomfortably painful position,
to say the least, causing him to do some soul-searching.
Can he still have a serious relationship with someone
he put out of business?
happens next is the result of a brilliant screenplay,
written and directed by Nora Ephron, who also wrote and
directed "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Michael."
of the best scenes are when they meet each other in person
for the first time by mistake, and then again on purpose
(both are very interesting turn outs).
the story ends is a wild and comical ride that you have
to take for yourself.