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You've Got Mail (1998)

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Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.



(play) (as Nikolaus Laszlo), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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The owner of a large bookstore chain starts putting the owner of a small local bookstore out of business. Meanwhile they have been corresponding over the internet without knowing who either of them are. They can't stand each other in person but over the internet they are very attracted. He finds out who she is but she doesn't know. He starts to like her more but she still hates him. He has to fix it. Written by Deirdre Dear

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At odds in life... in love on-line. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

You Have Mail  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,426,749 (USA) (18 December 1998)


$115,731,542 (USA) (23 April 1999)

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Did You Know?


A remake of the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner (1940) starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. The original film involved two employees at a gift shop. They could not stand each other but they were unknowingly falling in love through the mail as anonymous pen pals. See more »


During the scene when the staff of the store are selling off items prior to the closing, Kathleen puts a blue toy in the customers bag twice. See more »


Frank Navasky: Joe Fox?
Joe Fox: F-O-X.
Frank Navasky: The inventor of the superstore, of course. The enemy of the mid-list novel, the destroyer of City Books. Tell me something: really, how do you sleep at night?
Patricia Eden: [walking up] Ah, I use a wonderful over-the-counter drug, Ultradorm. Don't take the whole thing, just half, and you will wake up without even the tiniest hangover.
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You've got something most of us like
21 February 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Romantic comedies are not everyone's cup of tea; after all, who would want to watch unrealistic stories about ordinary people 'coupling' when we are offered such wonderful everyday experiences as ten car pileups, hordes of people being slaughtered in a hail of bullets while shopping, goblins, explosions, vampires and intergalactic spaceships?

But the majority of women, and many of those men who do not see themselves as the Governor of California will surely find much to like in this charming eye-moistener.

Tales of this ilk can easily be mawkish, but this one largely avoids the trap, thanks to an intelligent script, the believability of the lead pair (as well as the supporting cast) and good pacing that leaves the denouement until the closing shot.

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