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Sleepless in Seattle

Year: 1993
Studio: Tristar Pictures
Director: Nora Ephron
Writer: Nora Ephron/Jeff Arch/David S Ward
Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Rita Wilson

As romantic chick flicks go, this is the seminal film of the genre, starring two of the actors who made it their own to the extent they came back for another film (You've Got Mail) in the same genre that was by all accounts similar.

It's a deceptively simple idea. A young boy wants to find a new wife for his widower Dad (Hanks), whom he knows is lonely deep down. He ropes his dad into pouring his heart out on a radio program for lovelorn singles where the announcer gives him the titular nickname.

In New York, a woman (Ryan) is just one of thousands captivated by the man's tale, and it makes her question the engagement she thought she wanted with her straight laced betrothed (Pullman) before she does everything popular culture tells us is crazy, insane, risky and dangerous but which love makes us do.

Now I'm as cynical as any movie viewer when it comes to romance, but any film that deals with the throwing of caution to the wind and doing something you know you'll be glad you did when you're laying on your deathbed (and makes an honest fist of it) will grab me right where I live, and if you dig away the layers of sugar and can see past the gags, you'll find that here.

It also offered a new slant on the old Fatal Attraction (lampooned in the dialogue) and the date paranoia that characterized the sour economic times.

It cemented Hanks as a leading man before the likes of Philadelphia cemented him as an actor.

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