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Sleepless In Seattle [Jul. 12th, 2010|10:31 am]
Tony Grist
So this kid decides on the basis of a single letter that the woman who is stalking his father (she hires a private detective for Chrissakes) is the one he wants to have as his new mother- and engineers a meeting between them that involves him flying 3000 miles alone in the hope that his father will give chase. In consequence the two perfectly decent people our  hero and heroine were dating are kicked aside on the grounds that he has allergies and she has a silly laugh, or- to to bring it down to brass tacks- that neither is normal enough. All slightly creepy and disfunctional, don't you think?

Meg Ryan takes cuteness to the edge of annoying and Tom Hanks- with his inexpressive pudding of a face- is no Cary Grant.

But I enjoyed myself more than I would have done if I'd been watching the World Cup final.

[User Picture]From: wlotus
2010-07-12 12:18 pm (UTC)
I never watched the movie, but I felt ill reading your plot explanation.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-12 02:27 pm (UTC)
A lot of people love this movie, but I think it's actually rather unpleasant
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-07-12 03:15 pm (UTC)
Like all these things, there is an undercurrent that Fate is at work and also that we should all let our hearts rule our heads. When you think about it, it is quite irresponsible on several fronts - but what a common trope - Love will have its way and we are powerless in its grip. The main reason for unfeasibly high expectations of marriage, maybe.

We didn't watch the World Cup final either- we were at the Globe Theatre watching the machinations of Falstaff and Doll Tearsheet.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-12 03:50 pm (UTC)
I agree about it being irresponsible. Works of art that misrepresent human nature and the human condition are deeply immoral. They offer false hope, false expectations, false ideals.

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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2010-07-12 04:40 pm (UTC)
And yet the people making works of art are often fallible, unwise and misled themselves, and create art reflecting their confusion or their misunderstandings.

It's not malice. It's just lack of experience or introspection.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-12 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, I accept that- broadly speaking.

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[User Picture]From: red_girl_42
2010-07-13 11:16 pm (UTC)
I find that the vast majority of movies that people consider "romantic" actually creep me out.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-14 12:10 pm (UTC)
I mainly avoid them. With this one I was hoping to be pleasantly entertained- and the actual content rather took me by surprise.
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[User Picture]From: mokie
2010-07-19 03:56 am (UTC)
Very creepy.

It bothered me that a grieving person was a person in need of fixing. There's a hint of sexist manipulation that irks me--poor lonely male doesn't know what's good for him, and needs someone purer of heart and more emotionally connected to save him (his son, the female radio host, the female listeners, the stalker...).
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