Directed by Nora Ephron
Running Time: 1:59
Rated PG for language

I'd have to say You've Got Mail was a fun romantic comedy. Now you're saying, wow, it must have taken a long time for you to come up with that. Well it didn't. I just finished final exams for the semester and my brain is a little fried. But come on, when you have Hanks, Ryan and Ephron together, what do you expect? World War III? Of course it was going to be fun and romantic. Hanks and Ryan have to be the premiere on-screen couple in Hollywood. And Ephron has proven over the years that she can get both a tear and a smile out of you during her movies.

Hanks plays Joe Fox, the son of the owner of the largest book chain in New York, Fox Books. Ryan plays Kathleen Kelly, the owner of a small children's bookstore called, A Shop Around the Corner. Well as it turns out, Fox Books opens up a store right around the corner from Kathleen's store. Joe and Kathleen run into each other, and it's hate at first site. Kathleen thinks Joe is just a money hungry businessman, while Joe just thinks Kathleen is another stepping stone in life. And they're both happy to go on thinking that way about each other. What they don't realize is that they know each other. See, both Kathleen and Joe are having an email relationship online. Every day they email back and forth, saying things most people only dream about, but never saying anything personal. Joe and Kathleen have the dream relationship with each other, they just don't know it yet.

So you know where the movie goes. They love each other online, and hate each other offline. When Joe finds out that his online love is Kathleen, he's not sure what to do. Does he tell her? Or does he try and find out how she really feels about him? My only problem with the film, was her reaction at the end when they finally meet. It seems to be that in a way he was lying to her about who he was. He knew who she was, and he sort of used that to find out about how she felt about him. I don't know about you, but I think I might have been a little more upset about being used that way. But then again, we were at the 2 hour mark when they met, so I guess it had to have a happy ending. And I'm not saying the happy ending was bad, just Hollywood.

If you're looking for a good date movie, You've Got Mail would be the one to see. It's light-hearted, funny, and romantic. But would you expect any less?

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