After his wife Maggie passes away, Sam Baldwin and his 8-year-old son Jonah relocate from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief associated with Maggie's death. Eighteen months later Sam is still grieving and can't sleep. Although Jonah misses his mother, he wants his father to get a new wife despite Sam having not even contemplated dating again. On Christmas Eve, Sam (on Jonah's initiative) ends up pouring his heart out on a national radio talk show about his magical and perfect marriage to Maggie, and how much he still misses her. Among the many women who hear Sam's story and fall in love with him solely because of it is Annie Reed, a Baltimore-based newspaper writer. Annie's infatuation with Sam's story and by association Sam himself is despite being already engaged. But Annie's relationship with her straight-laced fiancé Walter is unlike her dream love life in the movie An Affair to Remember (1957). She even writes to Sam proposing they meet atop the Empire State Building on ...Written by
In Spain this movie's title wasn't "Sleepless In Seattle" translated into Spanish, as one would expect. In the past, the titles of movies weren't literally translated. This was the case with the film "An Affair To Remember", the movie with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, referred to in this film. That film was named "Tú y yo", which was the Spanish translation of 'You and me'. So, when they re-named "Sleepless in Seattle" they used the translation of the original name of the Cary Grant film, naming it "Algo para recordar". See more »
Though it would have ruined the climactic end to the movie, it would have not been necessary for Sam (Tom Hanks to frantically hop the next plane to New York in an effort to find his son. Jonah's plane had just taken off from Seattle when Sam learned where his son had gone. Sam had hours to notify authorities concerning the safety of his son, a young child. A simple call to the airline and the pilot would have been notified that the Jonah was on board and the situation. Airport officials could have put him on a plane right back to Seattle upon arriving in New York or held him at the airport until Sam arrived to claim his match making son. Even if Jonah had already landed in New York and was patiently waiting at the Empire State Building, a phone call to the Manhattan Police or the security at the Empire State Building would also have gotten adult supervision for young Jonah instead of the little boy sitting alone at the top of the Empire State Building in the winter cold all day long. See more »
She wants to meet me at the top of the Empire State Building. On Valentine's Day.
It's like that movie.
An Affair To Remember. Did you ever see it?Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. She's gonna meet him at the top of the Empire State Building... only she got hit by a taxi. And he waited and waited. And it was raining, I think. And then... she's too proud to tell him... that she's, uh...
[starts to cry]
crippled. And he's too proud to find out why she doesn't come. But he comes to see her ...
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Tom Hanks is his usual steady, likable self in "Sleepless in Seattle," a steady, likable movie that also benefits from one of Meg Ryan's more restrained (i.e. less obviously, annoyingly cute) performances.
It's their talent that helped me overlook some of the film's more noticeable flaws, particularly its treatment of the eventually-to-be-rejected Other Man and Other Woman. Both Hanks' and Ryan's "unsuitable" partners appear to be perfectly nice people, yet the movie casually dismisses them over one little flaw apiece--the woman laughs like a hyena and the man has terrible allergies. Both characters behave very well, considering the way they're treated by others. Hanks' girlfriend in particular desires a medal for putting up with his brat of a son, who is rude to her at every opportunity.
I also had difficulty warming to Hanks' son, although he is certainly preferable to the young girl who keeps expressing everything in initials.
On the bright side, there are many engaging supporting characters, including Rob Reiner as a fellow architect. Also of note are the rich homeowner, the dotty babysitter and Rosie O'Donnell as Ryan's editor and friend. Thankfully, few to none of their scenes involve the annoying children.
Many of the jokes are funny, the best coming when Hanks and a friend ridicule the weepy reaction of many women to "chick flicks" by sobbing as they recount the plot of "The Dirty Dozen."
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