Romantic Comedy: Sleepless in Seattle

October 7, 2020

Sleepless in Seattle is a classic 90s rom-com. (Sleepless in Seattle, Amazon, Fair Use)

Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 classic romantic comedy directed and written by Nora Ephron, recently added to Netflix. After Chicago architect Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) loses his wife to cancer, he and his eight-year-old son, Jonah, move to Seattle to start a new life, living on a houseboat. About a year and a half later, Jonah calls into a radio talk show and persuades his hesitant dad to go on the air and talk about how much he misses his wife. Thousands of listeners are touched by Sam’s story, one in particular, Baltimore Sun writer Annie Reed (Meg Ryan). Intent on meeting Sam, she sends a letter to him telling him to meet her on top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.

Being my favorite genre of movies, it was hard to narrow it down to just one, but I think Sleepless in Seattle, a classic 90s rom coms, should be watched by everyone. Nora Ephron skillfully structured this film to where despite the main characters being across the country from each other, there was still an engaging plot. Critics say it’s a cheesy rom-com, but it’s meant to be that way; it’s so popular for a reason.

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