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You've Got Mail | DVD | (23/08/1999)
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By now, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have amassed such a fund of goodwill with moviegoers that any new onscreen pairing brings nearly reflexive smiles. In You've Got Mail, the quintessential boy and girl next door repeat the tentative romantic crescendo that made Sleepless in Seattle, writer-director Nora Ephron's previous excursion with the duo, a massive hit. The prospective couple do actually meet face to face early on but Mail otherwise repeats the earlier feature's gentle, extended tease of saving its romantic resolution until the final, gauzy shot. The underlying narrative is an even more old-fashioned romantic pas de deux that is casually hooked to a newfangled device. The script, cowritten by the director and her sister, Delia Ephron, updates and relocates the Ernst Lubitsch classic, The Shop Around the Corner, to contemporary Manhattan, where Joe Fox (Hanks) is a cheerfully rapacious merchant whose chain of book superstores is gobbling up smaller, more specialized shops such as the children's bookstore owned by Kathleen Kelly (Ryan). Their lives run in close parallel in the same idealized neighbourhood yet they first meet anonymously, online, where they gradually nurture a warm, even intimate correspondence. As they begin to wonder whether this e-mail flirtation might lead them to be soul mates, however, they meet and clash over their colliding business fortunes. It's no small testament to the two stars that we wind up liking and caring about them despite the inevitable (and highly manipulative) arc of the plot. Although their chemistry transcended the consciously improbable romantic premise of Sleepless, enabling director Ephron to attain a kind of amorous soufflé, this time around there's a slow leak that considerably deflates the affair. Less credulous viewers will challenge Joe's logic in prolonging the concealment of his online identity from Kathleen, and may shake their heads at Ephron's reinvention of Manhattan as a spotless, sun-dappled wonderland where everybody lives in million-dollar apartments and colour co-ordinates their wardrobes for cocktail parties. --Sam Sutherland
You've Got Mail/City of Angels/Addicted to Love | DVD | (27/09/2004)
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You've Got Mail: A modern to modem romance in which superstore book chain magnate Hanks and cozy children's bookshop owner Ryan are anonymous e-mail cyberpals who fall head-over-laptops in love unaware they are combative business rivals! City Of Angels: Nicolas Cage is Seth an angel who must decide if he'll forsake his immortality and become human - on the chance that the woman of his dreams might love him. That woman is Maggie (Meg Ryan) a pragmatic heart surgeon who doesn't believe in angels. Until she meets Seth. Will love be their mutual destiny? Will they take that shape that destiny? The choice is theirs to make... Addicted To Love: What would you do if that special someone dumped you? After seeing the delightful 'Addicted to Love' the better question is what wouldn't you do? Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick take a funny look at love's obsessive side as Maggie and Sam teaming for revenge when their former flames (Kelly Preston and Tcheky Karyo) team for romance.
Ghost Mom | DVD | (15/03/2008)
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A laugh out loud comedy about a man whose mother has passed away. Mrs. Mallory spent her life making guilt giving an art form and meddling a science and she has no intention of letting a little thing like death change her ways. When her ghost shows up at her own funeral she explains to her somewhat surprised son that he must move her body to Niagra within forty eight hours if she is to get into heaven. With a coffin in tow and a country to cross they find themselves being pursued by the Japanese mafia who are after the magic stone which brought her back to life. Burying mom definitely isn't the only problem.