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
Kathleen - the feisty, independent representative for what might be called the book store "for the rest of us" - uses a Macintosh which, at the time of this movie, had lost its lead to the Windows PC. Joe - the representative of the massive, impersonal big business bookstore - uses a Windows PC. At the time, Windows and PC makers were flooding the media with massive and highly successful marketing campaigns, with the average home viewer seeing approximately thirty Windows PC commercials every evening. Apple at the time was running virtually no commercials whatsoever. While Windows PCs were primarily used for business, the focus of the Macintosh at that time was more on creativity, education and children, and depending on repeat business and referrals. The parallels with You've Got Mail are quite prominent. See more »
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 »
I'm not usually drawn to the stereotypical "cute chick flick," but while You've Got Mail unabashedly falls into this category, I still loved it. Mail is a clever story, cleverly acted by Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. I enjoyed it more than their last joint project, Sleepless in Seattle simply because the immensely likeable pair were onscreen together so much more. Some will dub the movie predictable and sappy, but hey, I wasn't looking for deep psychology, just a friendly feel good. If that's what you're after, Mail delivers. Hanks and Ryan have the greatest onscreen chemistry I've seen, and the last half hour of the film is right on target. While the happy ending was inevitable, I was curious to discover exactly how it would occur. Sugar-coated it was, but charming and thoroughly enjoyable!!! A few bits of dialogue were a little too cute for my taste, but overall, You've Got Mail is more sweet than sugary.
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