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
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.