Friday, August 16, 2013

MUST WATCH FRIDAY: When Harry Met Sally...

Harlequin KISS/Modern Tempted author Heidi Rice revisits a classic 1980s chick-flick... And that fabulous moment when Meg Ryan orders an orgasm sandwich!

Not a lot of people know this yet. But I have just handed in a submission to Harlequin POP (one of Harlequin's shiny new digital first imprints) which basically involves me waffling on (very entertainingly of course) about some of my favourite movies. And while rewatching movies for the book, I returned to Nora Ephron's great 1989 girl-meets-guy-then-takes-forever-to-realise-he-is-her-one-true-love comedy When Harry Met Sally...

So I couldn't resist allowing us all to appreciate this marvellous movie again and one particularly iconic scene within it.

Even if you weren’t born in 1989 you probably have a pretty good idea what scene I’m talking about. A scene which perfectly illustrates what is so fabulous about this film. The Scene is set in a deli in Manhattan where longtime friends Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) are discussing Harry’s inability to commit over lunch one day. The way he lies to women to get out of their bed after sex….  Or more specifically, whether he can really tell if they have had a good time or not before he bolts. Billy’s confident little ‘I’m such a stud’ smirk while he insists that the women he sleeps with have had an ‘OK time’ (as he so delightfully puts it) was nothing compared to the smirk I was wearing as I watched Meg (and Nora) wipe that smirk off his face.

 So here's THAT scene again to enjoy:



 But that’s just one scene, in a movie chock full of smart, sexy, often hilariously funny but always emotionally real moments which every woman can identify with. And to be fair, thanks to Harry’s many equally caustic observations about Sally, also gives us females an eye-opening (and occasionally eye-watering) insight into the guy side of the equation.

 Sally and Harry, after their long journey through animosity and understanding, and friendship do eventually find their way to their Happy Ever After which is all the more convincing for being such a long time coming. But what’s so fabulous about this movie, and why it bears repeated viewings and has totally stood the test of time (despite some now rather shocking fashion choices) is that it’s not just the romance and the comedy that Ephron blends so beautifully together – it’s all those little moments of relationship truth that she peppers along the way.

So a round of applause for the late, great Nora Ephron, who helped to turn the humble and often much maligned chick-flick into an art form with the tale of two people who love each other, but don’t figure it out until they let sex get in the way.

Heidi is currently working on her next KISS. Her next book, Maid of Dishonor, is the third in the fabulous Wedding Season Quartet and is out in KISS in September and Modern Tempted in October. So don't miss it. You can chat to her on her blog, her website, Twitter (@HeidiRomRice) or Facebook.

8 comments:

  1. Loved that scene Heidi. When I went to New York to celebrate my 40th we went there for lunch. They'got a cute sign telling you where Meg Ryan sat and I had to take a picture!

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  2. Fantastic! Am going to be in NYC in October am gonna have to check it out now. Thanks for the tip.

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  3. SUCH a great film and scene. They don't make em like they used to, can you imagine one of the current batch of actresses being so funny??!
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  4. "I'll have what she's having." Wasn't that the director's mother playing the extra who had that great line? Love it!

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  5. Hell yeah Abbt!

    And OMG I didn't know that Julie. Have just checked it out on IMDB and you're right it's Estelle Reiner... She does look at bit like Rob Reiner come to think of it. That explains it.

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  6. I loved that movie. I don't watch a lot of movies anymore but I want to revisit this movie.

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  7. I'm just wondering if Dirty Dancing made your list? It's the only movie I bought a copy of.

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  8. Aw, dirty dancing didn't make the list... But it so could have it certainly got several mentions

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