#14 – YOU’VE GOT MAIL

29 Nov

YOUVE GOT MAIL (1998) – Joe Fox

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Synopsis – Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.
Tom Hanks – One of the business owners. The male one.
Co-stars – Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn, Heather Burns, Dabney Coleman and, for pure ethnic diversity,…. Dave Chappelle
Best Parts – Parker Posey, Hanks reuniting with Dabney Coleman, Greg Kinnear’s love of typewriters is a great parallel to Hanks’s real life love of type writers, Nanny Maureen’s one line, any time we get to see Hanks juggle it’s a good day, The little girl singing Annie (it’s a best and worst part), Meg Ryan’s face (only because it goes pretty downhill after this one), Chris Massina’s cameo, when Parker Posey falls asleep as quickly as Homer Simpson, Jane Adams, when Hanks deletes his excuse for not meeting up with her, the elevator scene (It combines someone from Guffman & Strangers with Candy – two of my favorites) It’s just missing an actor from The Creek, Meg’s reaction to Tom  having gotten her the daisies, when Meg and Tom start to become friends.
Worst Parts –
Everything Before the scene where Hanks brings her Daisy’s is kind of obnoxious, every scene with Jane Stapleton (Not Jane’s fault), a complete waste of Steve Zahn, Dave Chappelle,  the creepy scene where we see the ghost of her mom (some call it a memory) –  twirling in the abandoned bookstore, that little kid is old enough to be able to spell more than “FOX”, in the last scene she leaves her apartment with no key… no purse… nothing… no pockets – what if the guy want so to go get a coffee? She just ASSUMES he’s gonna pay?, that they seem to type 125 words per minute, the break up scene between Greg & Meg.
Best Hanks Acting – in the scene where he’s instant messaging her, when he tucks her in, puts his finger on his lips and begins to change her mind about him.
Best Line(s) – “Thank yer, ladies and gentlemen.” “I have a very thirsty date. She’s part camel.”, “ All this ‘nothing’ has meant more to me than so many… ‘somethings’.” “A hotdog is singing, you need quiet while a hot dog is singing?!” “152 people who thinks he looks like a Clark Bar”

Overall -This is one of my favorite romantic comedies in general. I love everything from the moment he brings over the daisies when she’s sick to the moment he comes around the Riverside garden with Brinkley. The film is charming and adork-able, the perfect mix of Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly.   (91 = A)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

To see original post and list of his films (hyperlinked if reviewed) CLICK HERE.

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