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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Someone you pass on the street may already be the love of your life. 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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$18,426,749 (USA) (18 December 1998)

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$115,731,542 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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Kathleen Kelly's bookstore in the film was based largely on Manhattan's Books of Wonder in Chelsea on 18th St. Meg Ryan worked the counter at Books of Wonder for a day as part of her preparation. Decorative props from the film can still be seen at the store. See more »

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Joe Fox's explanation of The Godfather's significance would have been greeted with a "You have exceeded the send limit" error. See more »

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Kathleen Kelly: Oh, Birdie, what am I going to do? What would Mom have done?
Birdie Conrad: Well, let's ask her.
[Birdie opens her locket, revealing a picture of Cecilia Kelly]
Birdie Conrad: Cecilia, what should we do?
[holds the locket to her ear]
Kathleen Kelly: Birdie...
Birdie Conrad: Shhh! She has no idea. But she thinks the window display looks lovely.
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Over The Rainbow
Written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
Performed by Harry Nilsson
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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This movie was so much more than I expected.
21 December 1998 | by (DeKalb, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This movie was so much better than I expected, which was a simple romantic comedy with predictable "pass each other in the street" scenarios throughout. I was pleasantly surprised to find a love story that touched my heart. Kathleen's vulnerability and pride in her mother made me cry and Joe's sensitivity and devious behavior were so very sweet.

I didn't think that Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan could pull off a romance better than they did in Sleepless In Seattle but I am happy to be mistaken.


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