You've Got Mail, Meg Ryan

Put Meg Ryan in a romantic comedy in New York and box-office success is soon to follow. Director Rob Reiner cast her opposite his good buddy Billy Crystal in 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally … ,” in which Ryan and Crystal play friends who end up falling in love. In 1993, Ryan and Tom Hanks end up meeting cute at the Empire State Building in the finale of “Sleepless in Seattle.” Five years later, Ryan and Hanks play squabbling Upper West Side New Yorkers in “You’ve Got Mail” (pictured). She has a darling children’s bookstore, and he belongs to the wealthy, powerful family that operates a chain of mega-stores in the Barnes & Noble mold. Unbeknown to each other, they have an online relationship and are falling in love. The film, written and directed by Nora Ephron, who did “Sleepless in Seattle,” is based on the 1940 classic “The Shop Around the Corner.”
Brian Hamill, xx
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