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Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.

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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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bookstore | internet | book | advice | love | See more »

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

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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18 December 1998 (USA)  »

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You Have Mail  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,604,398 (UK) (26 February 1999)

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$115,731,542 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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Could arguably be a modern re-telling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." Joe Fox mimics the story's male protagonist Mr. Darcy (Pride), while Kathleen Kelly mirrors the female protagonist, Elizabeth Bennett (Prejudice.) Like the novel, the two meet under casual circumstances only to end up at odds with each other due to differing views and opinions. Like Elizabeth, Kathleen becomes determined to hate Joe Fox due to his proud disposition. But, their continued encounters lead them to eventually fall in love. The redeeming factor of the novel however, is inverted in this film. In the story Darcy finally "wins over" Elizabeth when she learns of the noble service he selflessly performs for her family. Joe Fox on the other hand, does Kathleen a great "disservice" by putting her out of business; making the story somewhat unique as the two fall in love in spite of this. See more »

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Kathleen Kelly: What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you.
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Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours
Written by Stevie Wonder, Syreeta (as Syreeta Wright), Lee Garrett, and Lula Mae Hardaway
Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Films & TV Music
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Cute, sugary, but ultimately worth it
13 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

I'm not usually drawn to the stereotypical "cute chick flick," but while You've Got Mail unabashedly falls into this category, I still loved it. Mail is a clever story, cleverly acted by Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. I enjoyed it more than their last joint project, Sleepless in Seattle simply because the immensely likeable pair were onscreen together so much more. Some will dub the movie predictable and sappy, but hey, I wasn't looking for deep psychology, just a friendly feel good. If that's what you're after, Mail delivers. Hanks and Ryan have the greatest onscreen chemistry I've seen, and the last half hour of the film is right on target. While the happy ending was inevitable, I was curious to discover exactly how it would occur. Sugar-coated it was, but charming and thoroughly enjoyable!!! A few bits of dialogue were a little too cute for my taste, but overall, You've Got Mail is more sweet than sugary.


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