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You've Got Mail (1998)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 December 1998 (USA)
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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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Someone you pass on the street may already be the love of your life. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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Meg Ryan's character, Kathleen Kelly, uses a Macintosh PowerBook G3 "Kanga", (introduced 11/97), or a Macintosh PowerBook 3400c, (introduced 2/97) in the movie. The exact model she used can't be determined from looking at the outer plastic case, as both machines used the same plastic case. See more »

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When Joe and Kathleen are at the green market and they sit down to talk, she tells him "I hope your mango is ripe". The green market in New York City does not sell mangoes since they are not grown locally. Only local produce and good are sold, as the produce is harvested no more than 24 hours before sale. See more »

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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?
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Lonely At The Top
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"Chemistry, likeable characters make this film work"
25 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In films like You've Got Mail, where you can almost predict how it's going to turn out as soon as the opening credits appear, then it is up to the writers, director, and actors, to get us to enjoy the journey to the end credits. Nora and Delia Ephron's script succeeds because they know their characters well, and give them a can't miss plot device. Tom Hanks is believable as the head of a gigantic bookstore chain, as is Meg Ryan as the owner of a small children's bookstore shop. As the guy who is putting Meg out of business by opening a chain store close to her little shop, Tom Hanks character comes across as the arrogant person who only goal seems to open as many bookstores as he can, and make as much money as he can in doing so. When he is talking to Meg Ryan on the internet, we see another side of him, and learn that possibly, he's not the evil guy you think he is. Of course, in person, Meg hates him for what he is doing, on the internet, she falls in love with him. This is what makes the film work, as their reaction to each other in person is completely different from when they talk on line. Some people may quibble that the ending is not very believable, but face it, do you fall in love with a person because of who they are, or what you think they are? I think this question is answered quite adequately.


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