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
Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) tells Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) about Pride and Prejudice, "I bet just you love that... Mr. Darcy, and your sentimental heart beats widely at the thought that he and... well, you know, whatever her name is, are truly, honestly going to end up together." While he can't recollect the name of Elizabeth Bennet, in reality, Tom Hanks has a daughter named Elizabeth. See more »
When Kathleen leaves her home, at the end of the film, to meet with Joe, so she is wearing a thin sweater and a skirt, clearly without pockets. She shuts the door behind her when she leaves home. But where does she keep her keys ??? See more »
[At Cafe Lalo, spying on "Shopgirl"]
You know what? She looks... I mean, she almost has the same coloring as... that Kathleen Kelly person.
Kathleen Kelly with the little bookstore?
Well, why not? You said you thought she was attractive.
Absolutely, yes, why not. Who cares about Kathleen Kelly?
Well... if you don't like Kathleen Kelly, I can tell you right now... you ain't gonna like this girl.
Because it *is* Kathleen Kelly.
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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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