You've Got Mail

Published September 26, 2011

You've Got Mail

Film info

  • Title You've Got Mail
  • Director Nora Ephron
  • Year 1998
  • Run time 1hr 59m
  • Genres Romance, Comedy
  • Tagline Someone you pass on the street may already be the love of your life

Neigbourhood bookstore rivals unwittingly become e-mail pen pals in this charming remake of The Shop Around the Corner, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in this delightful romantic comedy.

Background Info

I’ve seen this one lots of times, and love it. In fact, I actually owned this one on DVD when I first bought a DVD player and bought myself about six films. This was one of them. Mr C, however, had not seen it, and I was keen for him to see how badly the AOL screens had aged!

Live Blog

Time Comment
0:35 - Ooh, ye olde modem sounds!
3:22 - I wish I had a pair of stripy pyjamas like that.
8:08 - It’s not the same without Joanna Lumley saying “You have email.” Much nicer.
9:35 - “Patricia makes coffee nervous.”
13:31 - For a very small shop, they have quite a lot of employees. At least four.
18:56 - The man is obsessed with typewriters, for goodness sake.
21:06 - The other way round would be so much of what you read reminding you of life. It depends what you read, I suppose.
24:06 - Can you go to a movie with goldfish in hand?
29:03 - Fancy cloth bag with your purchase too.
30:19 - They need to make this again with Amazon versus Borders.
35:24 - I haven’t seen The Godfather. Darn it.
39:44 - You know, we watch films so we don’t have to be in front of the computer screen. This is not so good for that.
48:06 - Oh, the AOL Instant Message noise! Brings back memories.
56:28 -“Thank your.” That is definitely something I would say if I was on TV.
1:04:13 - A perfect blend of poetry and meanness is a hard balance to find.
1:07:47 - That could be the worst first date ever.
1:08:48 - Argh, she kept her shoes on the bed.
1:13:58 - Mr C is laughing at ye olde screensaver.
1:17:50 - “You are daring to imagine you can have a different life.”
1:25:57 - As long as the kids are still reading, I suppose.
1:28:52 - “If I ever get out of here…” They’re just stuck in a lift.
1:38:14 - I love how she reacts to his bringing her flowers. Ohhh, stamps foot.
1:43:46 - This it always makes me feel weird. He is manipulating her.
1:44:30 - Tweaking!
1:49:21 - How does a dog get on living on a boat?
1:54:40 - I always think she should be mad at him, but she’s so happy it doesn’t really matter.


Ah, I do love it. I love that it’s a little bit kooky. The dialogue doesn’t always make sense, and they quite often talk over each other. I always find myself starting to hate Tom Hanks at the end, the way he is messing her around, but they are so happy at the end that it’s good times and doesn’t really matter. Mr C and I were talking throughout about all the different ways this could be remade - and most of them involved Amazon!

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 / 5

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