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
Michael Palin's role as a benevolent writer who frequently gave readings at The Shop was cut from the film. See more »
When Joe and Kathleen are sitting at the sidewalk cafe, a woman pushing an orange shopping cart passes by twice. See more »
[trapped in the elevator]
If I ever get of here, I'm gonna start speaking to my mama. I wonder what she's doing right this very minute.
If I ever get of here... I'm marrying Oreet. I love her. I should marry her. I don't know what's been stopping me.
[rummaging through her purse]
If I ever get out of here, I'm having my eyes lasered.
If I ever get out of here...
Where are my Tic-Tacs? Ugh!
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It was hard not to give this movie a 10, but since I have only given out about 20 10's in all the movies I have ever seen - thousands, a 10 here would have been a little too generous.
Though, it is difficult to find fault, I suppose it is fair to say that the movie didn't always have full steam - especially early on. Still, even during those times, it was interesting. I mean, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. What else do you need?
Additionally, I didn't laugh very much. Not that I was required to, but this genre would, after all, be considered a romantic comedy. Despite the lack of laughs, it was as feel good as it gets.
The movie was blessed with two great actors, a creative idea, excellent writing and directing. And, the ending was one for the ages. I might have chosen to "tweak" it a little, but it was about as good as you will ever see - assuming you like romance. I do!
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