When Harry Met Sally by Life of This City Girl – Ultimate 80s Blogathon

We’re almost at the end of the Ultimate 80s Blogathon with just one more guest contribution tomorrow. Today’s fantastic choice is by Natasha from Life of This City Girl.
Head over and check out her review on When Harry Met Sally! 🙂

Drew's Movie Reviews

Welcome to the penultimate review from our guests for the Ultimate 80s Blogathon! Today, Natasha from Life of This City Girl takes a look at the romantic comedy classic When Harry Met Sally.  Natasha writes reviews for all kinds of movies and TV series, as well as participates in the blindspot series and 100 Happy Days, plus much more. There is a lot going on at her site so go give it a look if you don’t follow her already.  But for now, let’s look at her thoughts on When Harry Met Sally.

HarrySallycover2Plot: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship

Rating: 8.5/10

Goodness! I am so happy that Kim and Drew got this idea – it made me actually sit down and watch this movie, something that I’ve been meaning to…

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Parental Guidance (2012)

After a few days of break, I finally managed to get a lot sorted out and we’re back to the next recommendation.  This was following my review on When Harry Met Sally (my review HERE) and Dan from Top 10 Films dropped by and recommended me to check out Billy Crystal’s 2012 flick Parental Guidance.  I’m not well known to Billy Crystal except for that flick up there and his performances as the host of the Academy Awards a good while back.  I had my reservations on this one but I’m going to trust Dan and check this one out.  Before we continue, you might want to hit up Top 10 Films and check out their awesome site because although I don’t comment as much as I should, they have some awesome content there! 🙂

Now, we’re ready? Lets check this out!

parental guidance posterDirector: Andy Fickman

Cast: Billy  Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Gedde Watanabe

Artie Decker (Billy Crystal) is fired from his job because of his outdatedness.  When he and his wife Diane (Bette Midler) get a call from their daughter Alice (Marisa Tomei) to help look after her three kids while her and husband Phil (Tom Everett Scott) head on a business trip and a long awaited trip. Upon their arrival, Artie and Diane realize the differences between their old school parenting/teaching methods when faced with their grandchildren: Harper, Turner and Barker, different sort of upbringing. At the same time, their daughter shows reluctance and doubt towards them and leaving her for a few days.

Its a bit weird that Rotten Tomatoes gives this like a total fail in the 20s or something while IMDB gave it like a 6.1.  Now I’m going to say that I agree with IMDB more because I had a lot of fun with Parental Guidance.  Comedies are those always hard to please the majority of people.  For me, most of the funny worked for me.  There were some that was really over the top and stretching and really nearing rather stupid territory but they always pulled themselves back and I had a decent laugh out of it. Obviously, my grandparents were never like this.  Chinese families rarely have this crazy going on.  They just have strict and more strict and authority and rules.  So this whole thinking for yourself and out of the world nearing irresponsible grandparenting style is above me so all I can do is laugh at it or be completely WTF about it. Point is, I had a good time with this one.  It was family comedy with a pretty sweet ending.  Honestly, I think I’m just going through some weird phase because my eyes water up for anything but that last bit made it just so heartwarming in a way.


Parental Guidance may be pretty predictable and there really isn’t much special in a story about old  and new parenting differences but I always like the whole family angle.  A former generation thats grown apart but learns about each other more through unexpected situations like teaching grandkids.  Maybe there is nothing special but the cast in Parental Guidance is definitely the highlight.  As  I mentioned before, I’m not well known to Billy Crystal as an actor but I am to his humor.  For me, it still works and he demonstrates it here.  Alongside the very talented Bette Midler, who I adore as an actress and for her humor, they meshed together well.  I didn’t expect anything less actually.

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Next, we have the new gen group which includes first and foremost, the daughter Alice played by Marisa Tomei. Now, talking about the most unknown actress in my knowledge would be Marisa Tomei.  I recognize her face and I know some stuff she’s been in but then again, I’ve never actually seen her act.  I think she’s a pretty funny lady.  She has a nice on-screen vibe that I personally enjoy and as this uptight in-control mom role, she brings a little extra spark to it.

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Parental Guidance is about spending time watching over kids so definitely we need to look at the three young actors.  They were pretty awesome! The characters themselves were pretty fun with each their own little characteristics and their own problems.  The problems themselves were pretty realistic as well.  One had her pressure of perfection, future and it made her forget how to be a kid as she was so uptight.  That one was Bailee Madison who is the more known young actor among the three and the one that I like quite a bit.  I remember her in Just Go For It, where she was pretty hilarious as well.  She has a nice range of emotions in her acting so I think she’s pretty impressive.  The two little boys are pretty good because both have the issue of finding their self-confidence: one with the issue of a stutter (Turner played by Joshua Rush) and the other with imaginary friends (Barker played by Kyle Harrison Breitkopf).  Joshua Rush is in the Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie and has suddenly made want to go check that out.

Overall, I had fun with this one.  It wasn’t any that you’ll remember forever or stand out from the bunch but somehow I liked how they approached, as predictable as it was. The cast was great and made me laugh quite a bit.  The little family comedy thing was done in a decent way that I didn’t feel was absurd 85% of the time so thats a great thing 🙂 I’d say if you like Billy Crystal or Bette Midler, this is a good one to check out! Plus, there’s a small role for the Asian dude in Sixteen Candles but in a much older role.

This was a very good recommendation from Dan at Top 10 Films.  I often wonder if people remember themselves recommending these things but the site is awesome so go check it out, subscribe, comment, etc. Its really fun over there 🙂

Have you seen Parental Guidance? What are your thoughts on Billy Crystal and/or Bette Midler? 

When Harry Met Sally…(1989)

Back midyear in 2013, I wanted to do a Meg Ryan marathon so I bought a bunch of Meg Ryan movies as they went on special, but it turns out, Meg has a bunch of movies and buying them all would be murderous to my wallet.  So, they sat there waiting for this marathon to swing around and as I searched for New Year’s movies, When Harry Met Sally popped up and I decided it was time to ignore the marathon and just watch it!

when harry met sally posterDirector: Rob Reiner

Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) have known each other under circumstances of moving to New York City at the same time.  However, they didn’t hit it off right away.  As the years went on, their friendship grew as their life situations and relationships changed.  However, no matter their connection, they both believed that sex would get in the way of their friendship and fear to proceed further and decides to ignore any romantic feelings.  Will they be able to push it away or will they eventually give in to it?

Its my first time watching this.  I know, I know, where have I been, right? I’m sure most of you already know the synopsis of When Harry Met Sally.  For starters, this movie is supposed to be pretty successful seeing as Rob Reiner is also the mastermind behind The Princess Bride and that one is an absolute classic as well.  Of course, this doesn’t reach that level, but I’d say that When Harry Met Sally has a really nice charm to it.  And that ending scene is just awesome.  I never thought I’d say this, but I think Billy Crystal just got categorized as dreamy, but I’ll only say it for this movie and that particular scene.

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When Harry Met Sally is a pretty intelligent romantic comedy that is full of wit.  Its fun to watch and although I’m not totally on board with Billy  Crystal in romantic comedies (except for the ending dialogue), I’d say that Meg Ryan really does fantastic.  Its not because I love her that I say that.  She just is a pretty lovable and at times, hilariously nit-picky person as Sally Albright.  Plus, the vibe and the friendship that they have is pretty awesome.  The most hilarious and outrageous scene is the restaurant scene when she’s trying to prove a point that women can fake orgasms.  I never imagined her to do that.  That part was worth the movie (among so many parts), haha! Awkward but I was toppling over in laughter 🙂

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For a movie that held just two people in 80% of the entire flick, I have to say that its was a pretty good movie since I held my attention the whole way.  I loved the story and just how its about old friends and developing relationships.  Its about people who grow and learn and then fall in love.  Plus, they insert these little stories from older couples unrelated to the story but maybe a bit related to the segment and part in Harry and Sally’s life that happens.

Overall, I really enjoyed it.  Its not one of my favorite romantic comedies but I’d definitely watch this when I need a pick me up.  Its fun, romantic and witty.  The chemistry between Billy Crystal’s Harry and Meg Ryan’s Sally is fantastic.  Its done really well.  A nice way to start off my 2013 and definitely one I’d probably watch for next year’s New Year’s Eve.

By the way, thinking about it? Where did Billy Crystal go? Hmm…I do like him especially when he used to host the Oscars eons ago (he did, right? I’m not confusing him for someone else?). Did you like When Harry Met Sally?