Arts & Culture

Time to Fall for a Romantic Comedy

By Connie Clarkson

What will NY152 say today?’ I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: ‘You’ve got mail’. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beat of my own heart. I have mail. From you.”

  • Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail 

It’s that time of year again where one starts putting away the shorts and sunglasses in exchange for an L.L Bean down jacket and scarf. One of my favorite things about the fall is curling up to a movie and hot tea. Did someone say 90’s rom-com?  One day last week, I was driving down the 295, the trees were bright oranges, and yellows, it was then I knew that it was time to watch these films.  When I think of the fall and all the splendors of sweater weather and vanilla lattes, I think of the best genre of all: 90’s rom-coms. The pinnacle of romantic comedies to me is Nora Ephron’s 1998 When Harry Met Sally starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, as well as Ephron’s 1998, You’ve Got Mail starring the loveable Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  For those of you who don’t know these films, they mostly consist of the quirky dynamics between male and female friendships and relationships. The screenwriter for these films, Nora Ephron has written many films including the classic Sleepless in Seattle; she was a writer and essayist for The New Yorker, her unique charm and sass makes these films an ‘at-least-once-in-a-lifetime watch’. Now, I know what most of you are thinking… what does this have to do with fall?  Well to me fall marks a seasonal threshold–when the leaves start falling, I know its time to queue up Amazon and Netflix and curl up into a warm blanket. The setting of these films are largely set in the fall, and what’s better than watching nostalgic New York City in the 1990s with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  

Recently when re-watching You’ve Got Mail, I was thinking, if I think Zoom is hard, imagine using AOL dial-up every day for messaging and emailing. Though there is more to the story, I signify the comings of fall with these two films. The essence of fall and the feeling that comes along with the notion of a chapter of your life is coming to an end. In recent months, life has been lagging, I think most of us feel the drag of the winter months. Life obviously isn’t like a romantic comedy all the time,  but when I watch these two movies, the filmmaker in me feel at peace. Comfort is all something that has been sparse in our world lately, sometimes you just need to sit down and watch a warm and fuzzy movie to take the edge off and chill out. Emerge yourself with Hanks, handsome, witty, smart-ass, Joe Fox, and Meg Ryan’s sweet and sassy Kathleen Kelly. So if you’re looking for something to watch and are in the nostalgic mood, check them out! 

You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally is streaming on Amazon now!

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