I have never watched When Harry Met Sally (1989). To some, this statement is perhaps sacrilegious.

I am aware that When Harry Met Sally is considered ‘a classic’, but I will be honest, I have never been too bothered about watching the movie. I really like Billy Crystal – one of the leads in When Harry Met Sally – but I am not a fan of Meg Ryan – the other lead.

I have had the opportunity to watch this movie a number of times in the past, but I’ve not felt the need. But today feels like the right day to give it a go. Today feels like the day that I meet Harry and Sally.


*Clicks play*

Initial observations

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  • Meg Ryan claims she has had plenty of good sex. I don’t believe her. Not with that hair.
  • Ryan is a picky eater (and is also quite irritating). This is not helping to change my opinion of her.
  • Why is Billy Crystal so interested in Meg Ryan? I appreciate that it could be just me – I clearly do not care for Ryan as an actress – but what about her character is appealing? What?!

Additional observations

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  • It Had to Be You
  • Carrie Fisher
  • The sex fantasy
  • Autumn leaves
  • The fake orgasm scene
  • “I’ll have what she’s having

Consequences of watching When Harry Met Sally

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Because of how loud Meg Ryan is during the fake orgasm scene, I just had to turn the volume down on my TV! What must the neighbours think?! I won’t be able to look them in the eyes ever again.

Come to think of it, I have lived in the same apartment block for the past seven years, and I don’t even know who my neighbours are!


More observations

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The countless segments where old couples talk about their relationship/how they met etc, is good. I like this. More of this please. And less of Harry and Sally having sex.

*Clicks stop*

Yeah… it was alright, I guess. When Harry Met Sally is certainly an easy-to-watch movie, and I get why some people like it, but personally I didn’t find it very engaging.

I really liked the soundtrack and the cosy feel of the New York setting (this is a beautifully shot movie), but I simply didn’t buy the ‘romance’ between the two leads. This was purely a relationship of coincidence and nothing more – there was no chemistry.

Not a film for me I’m afraid. It has taken me 30 years to watch When Harry Met Sally but this was a one-time only deal.


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