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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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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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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,426,749 (USA) (20 December 1998)

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$115,821,495 (USA)
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The only song during the film that is not on the soundtrack is "Never Smile at a Crocodile," which plays as Joe and the kids are leaving Kathleen's store. It is performed by The Paulette Sisters. See more »

Goofs

Kathleen buys a sizable pumpkin at the beginning of the movie but carries it with one arm, which would indicate that it is not real. She hands it to Christina with one hand, and then Christina carries it through the store with one arm before briskly setting it down on a glass countertop with hardly a thud or concern that she might break the glass with such a heavy object. Afterwards George transports the pumpkin more realistically by carrying it in front of himself using both arms. See more »

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Joe Fox: [Joe Fox leaves the store, but his balloon is caught in the door. Joe goes back into the store to free the balloon] Good thing it wasn't the fish!
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Anyone At All
Words and Music by Carole King and Carole Bayer Sager
Produced by Carole King, Carole Bayer Sager, and Humberto Gatica
Performed by Carole King
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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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