You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Half way through this week and its full of Burlington restaurant reviews and pictures, etc. I wanted to get in a quick movie review to shake things up a bit.  So I decided to go into my tablet and continue working on all the movies I had there.  I was in the mood for some Meg Ryan so here we go…You’ve Got Mail was pretty much my only option.

You've Got Mail posterDirector: Nora Ephron

Cast: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Greg Kinnear

Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) owns a little children’s book store which she had passed down to her from her mother.  However, a business threat appears when Fox Books decide to move in down the block  where they still discounted books with larger variety and more accessibility.  Before Fox Bookstore opens, she met Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) who didn’t reveal his identity immediately until later on.  With this, they both provoked each other to be their worst selves as Kathleen fights to save her business.  On the side, she also has an unknown identity online friend who she pours her heart out to in emails until Joe realizes that the rival she saw in Kathleen was actually the same charming woman he was talking to online.

Destiny, fate, love-hate relationship hidden behind an unknown relationship sort of story seems to be very normal and cliche.  This movie has a lot of cheesy and generic moments but for me and the amount of romantic comedies I’ve watched in the last 5 years, everything gets predictable after a while.

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What really did it for me in this one was the actors themselves.  The cast was fantastic.  Meg Ryan is charming as always in the role of Kathleen Kelly.  I love her casual and carefree but slightly shy and fear of expressing herself type of character.  We see her character progress until the guidance of her online friend how to stand up for herself.  The character’s emotions and passion for her career made me get attached to her side of the story.  Meg Ryan is definitely an actress I adore.  I’ve said it before in my movie review back in February of French Kiss.  I think even I started falling in love with the characters she plays, the charm that she carries is just amazing.

you've got mail joe

I’ve rarely seen Tom Hanks doing romantic comedies and after looking at his list of movies that he’s done, he hasn’t really done any except for Sleepless in Seattle.  I only remember glimpses of that movie since I saw it when I was younger.  Tom Hanks playing Joe Fox made me want to punch his face whenever he engaged into a provoking conversation with Meg Ryan’s character for a good part of the movie.  Then when he communicates with her via email, suddenly he turns into this sweet man.  I call that really good acting.  He made me grow to like his character as we learned a bit more about the life of Joe Fox and as the story progressed.

you've got mail joe+kathleen

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks has such attractive chemistry between the two.  Every time they are on screen together they drag you into their argument or conversation.  Its really pretty awesome how they are just so good at what they do.  Most of the time, good chemistry in a romantic comedy is what makes it a success.

To me, You’ve Got Mail may not be the most original rom-com that I’ve seen, but it sure was fun to watch.  The chemistry between Meg Ryans and Tom Hanks is almost incomparable to any other on screen couple and it leads this flick to be considered a success for me .  It made me crave to want to watch it again even though I had just finished it.

Oh, by the way, this has officially made me go on a mission (my boyfriend laughed at me when I said this) to search up ALL of Meg Ryan’s movies.  For a Meg Ryan fan, I have a lot more of her movies to catch up with.  So the mission is on! If I ever manage it all, I’ll do a marathon or something. Anyone want to join in?

I’ve already talked about Meg Ryan before but Tom Hanks! I’ve actually seen a lot of his movies, not all but some. What is your favorite Tom Hanks movie?

27 thoughts on “You’ve Got Mail (1998)

    • Woohoo! I`m glad you`re in for the marathon. I`m not sure how to do this though. Let me think about it. I`ll get an official post to launch it once I get those movies and figure out the details. If you have any ideas, feel free to email me 🙂


    • I just jotted down the list yesterday and saw that funky title. haha! I`ll be on the hunt shortly…either waiting for my tablet to get a few of those or going to sweep some bargain sections at hmv and walmart or something like that.
      Not exactly sure how I should do this though…need to think about it! I`m happy to have you along. You are the expert 😉


  1. I love Meg movies from that era. As someone else said, she’s made a mask of her face now and really hasn’t done a lot in recent years. I wonder if, now that she’s lost her “cute”, she’s finding a hard time getting good roles. This is one of my favourites of hers, though probably French Kiss is my fave of Meg’s. I really like Tom Hanks in Sleepless with Seattle but probably Forest Gump is the one of his i like the best for comedy and Philadelphia for serious.


    • French Kiss is also my favorite of Meg Ryan. I have to revisit a few of hers though. Even Sleepless in Seattle, I’d probably appreciate it better now. I haven’t seen Forest Gump yet, and I know I should.
      The last movie I did see of Meg was In the Land of Woman and honestly, it was somewhat forgettable. I’ve been trying to remember the plot and I’m drawing blanks…hmm…which sucks because I remember really liking the cast and the trailer and then it somewhat disappointed me…


      • She’s done some good serious movies. There was one years ago where she played a bit of a psycho. Flesh and Bone it is. One of her early films. Prelude to a Kiss is good, she plays someone that gets their soul switched with and Old man’s and it’s neat to see her playing an old man in a woman’s body. She plays a drunk in When a Man Loves a Woman and another nutter in Addicted to Love which is good as well.


    • Tvor and I have similar taste when it comes to Meg Ryan movies.
      Flesh and Bone is probably my personal favourite, but I love Prelude to a Kiss and Addicted to Love and she was great as the psychotic Bev in Promised Land(1987).

      There was just something so compelling in every part she did in her heyday.
      Her recent works just don’t feel like Meg Ryan any more. I don’t know, I mourn for the loss of her brilliance, but I’m glad I was there at the peak of her career and was able to look forward to and savour every movie she did.


  2. I still worked in a video store when this one came out. I remember almost falling asleep at work while it was on. Nothing a little Dazed & Confused couldn’t fix afterwards, though.

    I’m not a big romance fan, so most of Meg’s catalogue never appealed to me. I vaguely remember enjoying Joe Vs. The Volcano as a kid.

    My wife loves The Doors, so I’ve seen that a number of times. But my favourite Meg Ryan movie is probably Innerspace. It’s a fun cheesy 80s comedy with a sci-fi premise that puts Dennis Quaid inside Martin Short.

    Apparently I don’t remember anything other than the box art about Amityville 3D, though. I’m kind of shocked that she’s in it. I’ve gotta go through all those again sometime.


  3. I am not sure how this little review slipped by me this week, but fortunately there is a bit of time on a Saturday to catch up with my favorite blogstar. Once upon a time I had a huge crush of Meg Ryan, but she didn’t reciprocate so that relationship didn’t go anywhere.:-) I think that this movie was ok as Rom-com goes. Tom Hanks is far too talented to do these. I know Tom Hanks is a great actor because when you are watching his movies you don’t think it is Tom Hanks acting, he becomes the character. Forrest Gump is obviously a favorite, and great acting, iconic lines. but so many others, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan, etc. My all time favorite Tom Hanks movie though is A league of their own, because there really is no crying in baseball. Thank you for the thoughts and keep writing all of your awesome blog posts! 🙂


    • Tom Hanks is definitely not completely in the rom-com field. I think he does much better in drama. He is a very good actor. I have never seen Forrest Gump only little snippets here and there and the plan is set to actually see it eventually. I’m not big on war films so saving private ryan never really had me liking it too much. But it has been a while since I saw it so maybe I’ll watch it again one of these days. 🙂 Thanks Jon!


      • You have never seen Forrest Gump? So much iconic stuff in there, just off the top of my head, “run, Forrest, run!” “Life is like a box of Chocolates.” “I’ve worn lots a shoes.”, “Have you ever been on a real shrimp boat? No, but I have been on a really big boat.” Classic. This is a must for the review list, because it is so iconic. You can add a new voice to it and you can learn a lot about Forrest Gump. Just a great movie. It strikes me that it would be right up your interest, because just like Forrest Gump and Tom Hanks, you Kim are incredibly awesome!


      • Haha! I know all those lines. Like I said, Forrest Gump clips, I have seen 😉 However, just need to get to see that movie completely. And I will..its on the review list 🙂 But that list is getting lengthy…


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