Christmas Movies: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Review

3/5* Shivs Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Nora Ephron 

105 mins 

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rob Reiner, Rosie O’Donnell, Gaby Hoffman, Victor Garber, Rita Wilson, Barbara Garrick. 

Sam Baldwin: I’m not going to New York to meet some woman who could be a crazy, sick lunatic. Didn’t you see Fatal Attraction?
Jonah Baldwin: You wouldn’t let me!
Sam Baldwin: Well, I saw it and it scared the shit out of me! It scared the shit out of every man in America!

A touching romcom, Sleepless in Seattle (1993) is funny, unique and heartwarming – guaranteed to make you fall in love with the characters and the idea of falling in love.

After the death of his wife, Chicago architect Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) and his son Jonah (Ross Malinger) move to Seattle but continue to grieve.

18 months later, on Christmas Eve, Jonah calls in to a radio talk show and although he misses his mum, he tells the host that he wants his father to find a new wife.

Sam then pours his heart out on the show, telling the host about his perfect marriage and how much he misses his wife.

This gains a lot of attention from women across America including Annie Reed, a Baltimore-based newspaper reporter who is actually engaged to a man named Walter (Bill Pullman) but their relationship is far from the happily ever after she hopes for, like in romantic movie, An Affair to Remember (1957).

A pure, wholesome movie portraying a pure, wholesome and innocent love, Sleepless in Seattle is beautiful and well made.

There’s some good jokes throughout the film including one on what tiramisu is and another satirical scene where Sam pretends to cry about The Dirty Dozen.

Jonah Baldwin: Now she’s kissing him on the lips. She’s a hoe. My dad’s been captured by a hoe. What am I going to do?

Cute, funny and an instant classic, Sleepless in Seattle is one to watch (or add to your rewatch list!)


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