an ode to “When Harry Met Sally”

When harry met sally

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

– Harry Burns.

Last night i was feeling down about being single because i had just hung out with a crapton of happy families and their happy children, so i decided to watch the best, most honest, most inspiring movie ever made in regards to relationships: “When Harry Met Sally.”

cinema sigh.

the movie chronicles the relationship between harry and umm, sally. and how they randomly meet a couple times before finally getting their crap together and falling in love.

and along the way they address some of the common things men and women run into. right off they bat we have them talking about how men and women can never be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.

Sally: So, you’re saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive?

Harry: No. You pretty much want to nail ’em too.

Then we move into the biological clock thing, which as soon-to-be 26-year-old woman, i have to sally’s perspective on the whole thing makes me feel pretty good about life. She claims it doesn’t really start to tick until you’re 36. phew.

and at one point sally and harry are talking about high maintenance women, and harry invents a category for sally that im pretty sure i fall into:

Sally: Which one am I?

Harry: You’re the worst kind; you’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.

Sally: I don’t see that.

Sally: You don’t see that? Waiter, I’ll begin with a house salad, but I don’t want the regular dressing. I’ll have the balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce on the side. “On the side” is a very big thing for you.

Sally: Well, I just want it the way I want it.

Harry: I know; high maintenance.

and throughout the whole movie they play these little clips of couples talking about how they met. and some of them are CRAZY! like this one:

Woman: We feel in love in high school.

Man: Ya, we were high school sweet hearts

Woman: But then after our junior year, his parents moved away.

Man: But i never forgot her.

Woman: He never forgot me.

Man: Her face was burned on my brain.

Man: It was 34 years later when i was walking down broadway and i saw her.

Woman: And we both looked at each other and it was just as though not a single day had gone by.

Man: She was just as beautiful.

Woman: He was just the same. He looked exactly the same.

Umm. holy wow! it took them 34 YEARS to find each other again? and then when they did, they made it work!  that’s nuts people. NUTS!

But the thing i love most about this movie is that all the different love stories (harry and sally, as well as the other ones woven throughout) give me hope that i don’t have live my life like a text book fairytale. that i can have a happy marriage to somebody i meet in an unconventional way. and that people who have ups and downs can come out on the other side mostly up.

now, of course, the BEST scene in the movie, and maybe the best scene ever made: Harry professing his love for sally:

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ya. i could see titanic 498 more times, and i still wouldn’t get sick of it

im sitting at home watching the movie titanic on in case you’re trying to do the math in your head, i was in fact its EXACT target market when it came out -14 years old and a freshman in high school. and holy crap did it solidify my true love for leonardo. see, what happened was i had developed a small crush after seeing in him in Romeo and Juliet, but that came out when i like 11, so at the time i didn’t even know my feelings were a crush.

don’t worry though. by the time i was 14, i KNEW what love felt like. and i spent $7 like 5 times to go see the three-and-a-half-hour movie at the local Lowes Ciniplex, which a. was walking distance from my house, and thereby perfect for a 14 year old, and b. has since turned into some sort of muslim church. true story, my friend’s dad didn’t realize this and attempted to take a date there once. he figured out was was happening when he walked in to the former lobby and saw that pop corn was not, in fact, on sale.

ok. back to titanic. i made all three of my friends see it with me. multiple times. and then i cried EVERY.TIME. and explained to everyone that this was THE BEST MOVIE EVER. PEOPLE!

and yes, the movie may have done some permanent damage by convincing me that money isn’t important, despite the fact that it is. and that poor guys are sexy. and these two things may have not only led to my tragic career choice, (where i make no money) but also to my many tragic dating choices. sigh. it’s just SUCH a good movie though.

i will now rekindle your undoubted love for this movie, by explaining some of my favorite parts:

1. when rose says she bought Picasso paintings, and her stupid idiot finance says Picasso is lame and will never amount to anything.

2. when leo (jack) saves rose who’s planning to kill herself by jumping off the boat. (i do close my eyes here though, because i always think that THIS time, he won’t be able to pull her back on the ship and she’ll die). and rose says, “you’re distracting me. go away.” and leo says, “i can’t. im involved now.” (le sigh. he is SO cute). and rose says “you’re crazy.” and then leo says “that’s what everybody says, but with all do respect miss. im not the one hanging off the back of a ship here.”

3. When rose gives leo’s last name as her own at the end.

4. when leo teaches rose how to spit like a man.

5. when leo gives rose a note after dinner. im always worried that after the dinner, they might never get the chance to see each other again. alas, he was on top of things though and able to borrow a pen.

6. when rose’s stupid fiancee tries to buy his way onto one of the life boats and someone tells him that money is no longer important.

7. when the stupid idiot who built the ship is talking about how big it is, and then rose says “do you know of dr. Freud? … His ideas about the male’s preoccupation with size might be of particular interest to you.” and the idiot says “Freud, who is he? a passenger of the ship?”

8. basically the whole move.

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