Harry and Sally meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: “Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?” —IMDb
The successful director of movies that run the gamut of styles from This is Spinal Tap and The Sure Thing to Stand By Me, Misery and A Few Good Men, Rob Reiner has also produced, written and acted in a great many of the most popular films of the past two decades. But it was in his Emmy award-winning portrayal of Michael “Meathead” Stivic, in the CBS comedy series All in the Family (1971-1979), that Reiner made himself a household name.
Reiner was born March 6, 1947, in the Bronx, NY, to comedian Carl Reiner and actress/singer Estelle Reiner. Rob’s first large-screen acting role was in his father’s film Enter Laughing (1967). He had a series of guest roles in television series like The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Gomer Pyle and The Beverly Hillbillies, and other small film roles in Where’s Poppa? (1970) and Summertree (1971), before he landed the part in All in the Family.
He co-wrote the first episode of the series Happy Days in 1974, and in 1978 he wrote and produced the romantic… read more
I can see why people say this is a classic romantic comedy...and I agree. I love this movie. The chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan is fantastic. There's plenty of witty dialogue to go around, the soundtrack selection is awesome, and I was surprised to see that the topics brought up in the film are still pretty relevant today (at least to me they were).
Normally I dislike romantic comedies, a lot. But this one was a bit different. Film had some interesting but funny interaction analysis presented with shameless humour. And I don't mean those sexual stereotypes, though I think that they are worth thinking too. But anyway, "When Harry.." avoided the worst clichés and I think because back in the 80's you didn't have to be so politically correct. Best of its genre!
Rob Reiner's neurotic attention to detail hadn't yet become a detraction in his movies. Instead, the hyper-awareness of time and location breathed life into this film. Crystal is borderline annoying, but actually bearable. While many people fondly remember the diner sequence, it is the musings on Casablanca (at different times) that stick out most with me.