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  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1998
  • Nora Ephron
  • 114 mins
  • PG

Summary

Two rivals in the bookshop business fall in love over the internet, unaware they know and dislike each other in the real world. While things remain frosty in person, the pair's anonymous online relationship continues to blossom. Romantic comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey and Dabney Coleman.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This frail but winsome romantic comedy reunited Tom Hanks with both his Sleepless in Seattle co-star Meg Ryan and director Nora Ephron. Billed as the screen's first internet love story, it is a reworking of Ernst Lubitsch's classic The Shop around the Corner, in which the stars play rivals in the bookshop business who unknowingly fall for each other in an online chat-room. But it's rarely as amusing as it should be and, for the most part, is frustratingly unromantic, with the leads coming together more like merged files than infatuated lovers. What's more, Ephron's combination of battle-of-the-sexes comedy and the struggle between community and capitalism (that tries to echo the style of Frank Capra) lacks social resonance. However, the latter-day screwball tale is certainly slickly staged and played with consummate ease, and Ryan and her bookshop staff exude a pleasant feeling of cosiness.

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Credits

Cast

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Kathleen KellyMeg Ryan
Joe FoxTom Hanks
Frank NavaskyGreg Kinnear
Patricia EdenParker Posey
George PappasSteve Zahn
Kevin ScanlonDave Chappelle
Nelson FoxDabney Coleman
SchuylerJohn Randolph
Birdie ConradJean Stapleton
Christina PlutzkerHeather Burns
Gillian QuinnCara Seymour
CharlieMichael Badalucco

Crew

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DirectorNora Ephron

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Brothers
Language
English
Guidance
May be edited for language.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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