CHEAP DATE NIGHT: WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…

Director Rob Reiner
Year 1989
Starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Bruno Kirby, Carrie Fisher
Rating R
Run Time 96min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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This Cheap Date Night screening will be hosted by the wonderful Lori Moore!

Of course, there's the immortal deli scene and the swellegant Harry Connick Jr. soundtrack and the effervescent chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. But what's made director Rob Reiner's WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... timeless is the unanswerable question posed by screenwriter Nora Ephron, "Can a man and a woman be friends?"

Ephron discussed the issue in 1990: “The truth is that men don’t want to be friends with women," she noted. "Men know they don’t understand women, and they don’t much care. They want women as lovers, as wives, as mothers, but they’re really not interested in them as friends. They have friends. Men are their friends. And they talk to their male friends about sports, and I have no idea what else.

"Women, on the other hand, are dying to be friends with men. Women know they don’t understand men, and it bothers them: They think that if only they could be friends with them, they would understand them and, what’s more (and this is their gravest mistake), it would help. Women think if they could just understand men, they could do something. Women are always trying to do something. There are entire industries based on this premise, the most obvious one being the women’s magazines… that are based completely on the notion that women can do something where men are concerned: cook a perfect steak, or wear a perfect skirt, or dab a little perfume behind the knee…”

Whatever you believe, you can't help but love the movie, which single-handedly launched Meg Ryan onto the A-List of actresses (up until then, aside from her supporting role in TOP GUN, she'd had the misfortune of landing in one under-performing film after another) and cemented Ephron's reputation as a screenwriter par excellence. She would go on to write and direct SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and YOU'VE GOT MAIL, both of which reteamed her with Ryan, and the much-loved 2009 hit JULIE & JULIA, with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. 

For the record, Ephron insisted she had lots of male friends. What's your story? (James Sanford)

For me, the real question of WHEN HARRY MET SALLY isn't "Will sex ruin a friendship?" The big question is actually, "Why can't this movie be my life?" Sure, it takes Sally an hour and a half to order a sandwich, and Harry is a bit of a talker, but together, these two share one of the greatest love stories in cinematic history. The witty banter! The New York autumn! The classy Harry Connick Jr. soundtrack! Don't even get me started on the old couples talking about how they first met, because even after a hundred viewings, I still tear up over "nine extra floors." This Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron masterpiece takes romance to the next, hilarious level, and we'll celebrate (and envy) it at Girlie Night. Pull on your days of the week underpants, add some pepper to your paprikash and let's all have what she's having!  (Sarah Pitre)

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