Where Harry Met Sally

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When Harry Met Sally Essay
This movie is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as Harry and Sally. The story follows the title characters from the time they meet just before sharing a cross-country drive, through twelve years or so of chance encounters in New York City. The film raises the question "Can men and women ever just be friends?" and advances many ideas about love that became household concepts, such as those of the "high-maintenance" girlfriend and the "transitional person".

During the beginning of the movie Harry Burns and Sally Albright finish college at the University of Chicago and meet when both need someone to share a drive to New York City, where Sally is beginning journalism school and Harry is presumably starting a career; at the time, Harry is dating a friend of Sally's, Amanda. During their trip to New York they discuss differing ideas about relationships between men and women. Harry has his mind set that "Men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way" ... even with ones "he finds unattractive". Sally disagrees, claiming that men and women can be strictly friends without sex. On the way, at a stop in a diner, Sally is angered when Harry tells her she is attractive; Sally takes it the wrong way and becomes upset. Harry sees this and says "Well I take it back." But Sally already has heard it and the damage is done and she even tells Harry he can't take it back. This shows quite nicely how communication is irreversible. We see with the reaction of Sally that she didn't take it the right way and at that instant if Harry could have he would have taken it back. No matter what communication has an impact, and once we say something to another person it becomes part of the relationship. In New York, due to their divergent philosophies, they part on less than friendly terms.

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