18 Nov

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) – Sam Baldwin

Synopsis – A recently widowed man’s son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.
Tom Hanks – The guy with the dead wife.
Co-stars – Meg Ryan, Rosie O’Donnell, Ross Malinger, Rita Wilson, Victor Garber & Bill Pullman
Best Parts –  Phenomenal soundtrack, the opening sequence that leads to Sam and Jonah moving to Seattle, everything Bill Pullman does and says, Tom Hanks just bein’ a dad – especially the scene when they’re brushing their teeth. the scene with Victor & Rita when she cries while describing “An Affair to Remember”, When he sees Meg at the airport for the first time, when Meg Ryan is singing along to the Christmas songs in the beginning, How Meg calms the fuck down and becomes real only when she’s listening to Tom, how Rosie O’Donnell’s face changes when Meg Ryan talks about “walter”, the 3 other Samuel Baldwin’s that come up in the Chicago search, the old guy who lets Meg off at the top of the Empire State building.
Worst Parts–   Why Hanks doesn’t think Meg Ryan is a crazy woman, when Meg Ryan doesn’t yell “FUCK!” when the guy tells her that the observation deck is closed.
Best Hanks Acting – When he sees Meg at the airport for the first time and his interactions with his son.
Best Line(s) – “It’s cute. It’s like a little clue!” “8! Mary Shelly!” “Did you see Fatal Attraction?! Well I did and it scared the shit out of me. It scared the shit out of every man in America.” “That’s your problem, you don’t want to be in love in life, you want to be in love in a movie.” “Jonah, have you fallen down? Are you bleeding? Is Clarice there, has she been strangled?”

Overall – This isn’t my favorite Tom Hanks romantic comedy/drama. But… it is a classic. There are a few terrific moments that make this movie worth it in the end. Plus, Bill Pullman rules.  (88 = B)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE  – (D) 60 – 69

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