25. You've Got Mail (1998)
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Every time I watch it, I smile, I laugh. I've already discussed this one at relatively great length in a post comparing it to its predecessor, The Shop Around the Corner. The reasons I love this movie are:
- the dialogue. I think many classic film lovers would agree that one of their favorite things about classic movies is the witty dialogue, the clever banter, the funny one-liners. Well, this movie, has some of my favorite lines. For instance:
Joe: Well, I put you out of business, so you're entitled to hate me.
Kathleen: I don't hate you.
Joe: But you'll never forgive me... just like Elizabeth.
Joe: Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. She was too proud!
Kathleen: I thought you hated Pride and Prejudice.
Joe: Or was she too prejudiced and Mr. Darcy was too proud? Well, I can't remember.
- the charm. Kathleen Kelly is one of the most adorable characters ever, in my humble opinion. I love the way she stops and stares at butterflies and likes the smell of Scotch tape. And while Joe Fox does some truly frustrating things, he's also an incredibly charming man and suitor - he brings her daisies! (sigh)
- the humor. Many contemporary comedies have rather questionable humor but this one, I think, keeps it pretty classy.
- the romance. This is one of the more famous romantic comedies but even people who don't like romantic comedies, like this movie. The romance is real but not cloyingly sweet.
I wish I could link to some of my favorite scenes, but, alas, it cannot be. Instead, I shall link you to the trailer and hope that it will entice you to check this one out if you haven't already done so. It really is a delightful film. By the way, before you get concerned, the rest of my posts: the lists, the spotlight segments, the quotes, will all continue to focus on older movies. And do tell me what you think of this change!
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