Sleepless in Seattle is one of the AFI’s 10 best Romantic Comedies. I watched this while taking a break from reading Heartburn. (Both were written by Nora Ephron.)
This is my second favorite of Nora Ephron’s films, sandwiched between When Harry Met Sally… and You’ve Got Mail.
The thing about Nora Ephron, I think, is that she’s so good at writing people. Most of her movies could be dismissed as these fluffy romantic comedies…but only if you’ve never watched them. I mean, granted, I’m not going to equate Sleepless in Seattle with Citizen Kane, but it’s a surprisingly good movie. (And yes, it did make me want to watch An Affair to Remember but if I’m going to get choked up describing a classic movie, it’s probably going to be Casablanca.)
I also always forget just how good the casting is in her movies. This one obviously had Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, but it ALSO had David Hyde Pierce, Rita Wilson, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman and Francis Conroy.
The thing about Nora Ephron is that she made movies for grownups. I appreciate that to a ridiculous degree because, while I read books about children, I tend to avoid movies about them. (Know why? Because they’re usually awful.)
And her movies were smart. We won’t even talk about how rare THAT is because it would only depress me.