Movie #335 2020: Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Is this a Christmas movie? Several Christmas movie lists say it is. And if Die Hard is a Christmas movie (which it is), then this is one too.

Sleepless in Seattle is a pretty famous movie, let’s face it. Even if you’ve not seen it, you’ve definitely heard of it. It marks only the second directorial feature from rom-com giant Nora Ephron, the first being a much lesser known movie starring Carrie Fisher and Gabby Hoffman named This Is My Life. It revolves around a widowed father (Tom Hanks) and his mischievous son, who is attempting to find him a new wife through the local radio station. He then becomes extremely popular, and Meg Ryan‘s Annie catches his son’s attention. In fact, Jonah (Ross Malinger) is so certain that Annie is ‘the one’ for his Dad that he flies to New York from Seattle at age 8 in an attempt to set them up.

What a bloody perfect cast. Of course we all know that Meg Ryan is the queen of the romantic movie, and Tom Hanks is, well, you know. But even the supporting actors?! Frances ConroyRita WilsonDavid Hyde PierceRosie O’DonnellRob ReinerGaby Hoffman… What the hell, man? No one told me all of these legends were present?!

Whilst we’re talking casting, I must say congrats to Jonah for not being annoying. In fact, he’s one of the best kids I’ve seen in a movie for a long time and he speaks for all of us who say we just want Hanks and Ryan to meet and become soulmates. Honestly, Jonah and Jessica (Hoffman) and the true MVPs here. 

Anyway, I have it on good authority that it’s not cool to prefer this to When Harry Met Sally; the movie that really catapulted Nora Ephron to stardom. If that’s true, then I must not be very cool, because I loved this movie. Romantic comedies aren’t exactly my favourite genre, but this is the stuff of classic rom-com dreams. It’s a strange one, because i’s quite clear what will happen by the end, but getting there is so fun to watch. 

The 90s aesthetic of it all is just so wonderful too. Everything just looks kind of cheap and grainy… exactly what the nineties looked like in real life. Har har.

It bears repeating that the plot is pretty predictable. But gosh it’s such a sweet film. Sleepless In Seattle is probably to blame for the obvious, overplayed romantic comedy storylines that came after it, but I have to give it a pass for that.

I will admit that it’s rare for me to be willing to watch a movie again, but this one breaks the trend. What everyone needs right now is escapism, right? Look no further than this one; it will make your heart so full.

Watch it with your Christmas lights on, put on some cosy PJs, and cuddle up with a loved one and a mug of hot chocolate. What a perfect evening.

Sleepless In Seattle is available to stream on Sky Cinema and Now TV in the UK.

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