August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

You've Got Mail

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
Wide Release Date
12/18/98
performer
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Dave Chappelle, Dabney Coleman, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton
director
Nora Ephron
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Nora Ephron
genre
Comedy, Romance

STARRING Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Michael Palin, Steve Zahn, Parker Posey

DIRECTED BY Nora Ephron

In 1998, love means never having to reboot your hard drive — at least according to this cyber-romance that reunites the stars and screenwriter of Sleepless in Seattle in a loose adaptation of the 1940 Ernst Lubitsch classic The Shop Around the Corner. Hanks (in the Jimmy Stewart role) is a chain-bookstore mogul who falls for Ryan in an Internet chat room, not realizing that in the non-virtual world, she’s the owner of the small bookshop he’s pushing out of business. Ephron’s romantic research? ”I went into one of those chat rooms,” she says, ”but I was so horrified that nobody could spell that I had to leave.” Kinnear, who plays Ryan’s journalist boyfriend, sets up the film’s suspense: ”Meg ends up with either me or Tom Hanks,” he says. ”But I’m not going to give away the ending.” (Dec. 18)

THE LOWDOWN A Nora Ephron love story starring Hanks and Ryan? You don’t need a supercomputer to predict its success.

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