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You've Got Mail (1998)

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly 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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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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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$115,731,542 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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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 parfumerie. They could not stand each other at work, but were unknowingly falling in love through the mail as anonymous pen pals. See more »

Goofs

When Kathleen writes the email to Joe about how she just told off someone at the café, Joe reads the email and logs off. You hear the AOL voice say "Goodbye."; so when he replies to her email, he just begins typing the email, without logging back on. AOL allows you to write emails offline. See more »

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Kathleen Kelly: You poor, sad, multimillionaire. I feel so sorry for you.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Cameron Diaz/Smashing Pumpkins (1998) See more »

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Both Sides Now
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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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