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Sleepless in Seattle

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Rainy days are perfect for curling up in a cozy sweater and watching Meg Ryan fall in love. Sleepless in Seattle also battles the weather in a story of love, fate and two strangers 2000 miles apart.

The film starts with an innocent phone call by an 8 year old to a radio show on Christmas Eve. Jonah Baldwin wants his father to find a new wife, and enlists the help of Dr. Marcia Fieldstone. While driving to her fiancé’s family Christmas, Annie overhears the plea and subsequent conversation between Dr. Marcia and Jonah’s dad Sam.

This leads Annie to question her pending nuptials and the meaning of love, fate and destiny. What does it mean to love someone and not be in love with them? As she ponders her relationship she cannot get the voice on the radio out of her head. This leads her to another question: can you fall for someone you don’t know based on a few sentences said to someone else?

“Destiny is something we’ve invented because we can’t stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.”

While Annie decides the meaning behind her relationship, Sam discovers what it means to date again. He had the perfect love and it was ripped from him which causes him to focus on dating in a new age and life after a significant death. Having a precocious child does not help his situation but it does accelerate it.

The love story is completely based on a conversation on the radio, two hello’s exchanged on a roadside and a glance at the airport. It shows that love is felt deeply and sometimes it cannot be explained.

“Annie, when you’re attracted to someone, it just means that your subconscious is attracted to their subconscious, subconsciously. So what we think of as fate is just two neuroses knowing that they are a perfect match.”

Sleepless in Seattle contemplates love in all forms and talks through what it means with the people who will love you unconditionally. It is also a striking movie: flawlessly cast, beautifully written and wonderfully cheerful. I love movies that leave you thinking and a witty, philosophical romantic comedy by Nora Ephron is the perfect way to chase away the rainy day blues.

 

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One Comment on “Sleepless in Seattle”

  1. May 26, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    I seem to remember finding Sleepless in Seattle a slight disappointment the first time I saw it, as my expectations were high after When Harry Met Sally. But over the years I have really grown to love it, and I still get tears of joy during every viewing.
    As well as some heartbreaking moments I’ll never forget, Sleepless in Seattle also has some fine comedy moments (An Affair to Remember vs. The Dirty Dozen). As you say it’s so beautifully written, I can only imagine since Nora left us that she’s bringing that much more joy to those in heaven.

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