Rated: PG Reviewed by: Chris Release date: June 25, 1993 Released by: Columbia TriStar
Meg Ryan has a wonderful quality in that she always appears a little confused and somewhat unsure of herself, which makes her perfect for the role of Annie Reed.
Annie's a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and she's engaged to a sweet man, who is also a little neurotic and boring. However, she's perfectly happy with her life, until she hears Samuel Baldwin (Tom Hanks) on a late night radio talk show from Seattle. His son Jonah calls a radio psychologist to talk about his widowed dad. He's worried about his father who has trouble sleeping and refuses to see other women since the death of his beloved wife.
Samuel picks up the phone and reluctantly tells the doctor and her huge radio audience about his deep love for his wife and how much he misses her.
By the next day, the station receives over 2,000 calls from women who would give their eye teeth to meet Samuel, and Annie also feels that he just might be the man of her dreams. She's never experienced that special love for her fiance that Samuel described on the program, and she longs for a man who will let her feel that magic.
She writes to Samuel and Jonah and even though the father dismisses the letter because "Baltimore is clear on the other side of the country," Jonah becomes obsesses with meeting Annie.
Hanks and Ryan, together for the second time (their first movie together was Joe Versus the Volcano) are the boy and girl next door. They have wonderful personalities that are warm, silly and very appealing, and Jonah (Ross Malinger) is one of the cutest little boys that I've ever seen.
Rob Reiner plays Samuel's friend who tries to teach him the intricacies of dating in the 90s and Rosie O'Donnell plays Annie's friend who can mouth the words along with Deborah Kerr while watching their favorite movie, An Affair to Remember.
Writer, Director Nora Ephron, who wrote the screenplay for When Harry Met Sally, has come up with a terrific date movie; it's clever, sweet and romantic.
During a summer that's jam packed with plenty of action, adventure and prehistoric bullies, it's great to settle back, relax and just smile.
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