Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogey And Lauren Bacall, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Every era has it’s favorite pairings. Actors who work on several projects over the years and just work on screen together in their respective characters.
In the 90’s rom com’s were defined by one movie couple: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
They made three movies together. The third, You’ve Got Mail , premiered in 1998.
At the dawn of the internet age, Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) are rivals in the book selling business. She owns a small, independent book shop. He works in the family business, owning Fox Books, a huge Barnes and Noble like chain bookstore. They are also falling in love over the internet. Joe finds out who his internet pen pal is in in real life. He tries to win her over, but Kathleen still does not know that her internet pen pal and her business rival are one and the same.
Written and directed by the late rom com queen, Nora Ephron, You’ve Got Mail is not as cliche or as sappy and rom com movies have become since then. It’s got a zing, a life, an twist that is fun while still retaining the standards of a romantic comedy. And of course, the subtle nod to Pride and Prejudice never hurts.