Monday, May 23, 2011

Movie Moments: #39

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Many years ago I saw the James Stewart/June Allyson version a You’ve Got Mail, a delightful movie called The Shop Around The Corner, and loved it. This updated version reunites America’s sweethearts, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and is as good, if not better, than the original. Chickflick? Who cares. I like it.

Joe Fox establishes a mega bookstore in a neighbourhood that is already serviced by a small bookshop owned and run by Kathleen Kelly. Although hostile to each other, each is unaware that they are exchanging emails.

Joe Fox: Don't cry, Shopgirl. Don't cry.
Kathleen Kelly: I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.

The location of Fox Books in the movie is actually the location of a real-life Barnes & Noble, on Broadway and 83nd street on the upper west side. The Barnes and Noble generated considerable neighbourhood opposition when it opened in the early 1990s, as many feared it would drive a local bookseller, Shakespeare & Co. on 81st street, out of business. This is exactly what happened.

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