Attempting to challenge the principle that men and women can’t be “just friends”, Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) undergo a tumultuously comical relationship from prickly acquaintances to intimate confidantes to (gasp) lovers.
Ryan shines as bubbly, outspoken, nit-picking Sally, brilliantly countered by Crytstal’s morose demeanour and sardonic wit. Their lively chemistry sustains an otherwise tedious film.
Ephron’s writing is jocose, epigrammatic and affable and Reiner’s directing balances quick-witted banter with bitter confrontations.
Although cynical, predictable and unrealistic, When Harry Met Sally is still light-hearted, pleasant, and fun.