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-->'''Annie''': ''[watching ''AnAffairToRemember'']'' Now that was when people ''knew'' how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance... nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was...\\
'''Becky''': A movie! That's your problem! You don't want to be in love. You want to be [[ThisIsReality in love in a movie]].

SleeperHit[[labelnote:*]][[{{Rimshot}} Ba-dum tsshh]]![[/labelnote]] from the early [[TheNineties Nineties]] which infused a fluffy RomanticComedy with a degree of PostModernism. As director/co-writer Creator/NoraEphron put it, "Our dream was to make a movie about how movies screw up your brain about love and then if we did a good job, [[StartXToStopX we would become one of the movies that screwed up people's brains about love forever]]."

Creator/TomHanks is Sam Baldwin, a widower grieving over his wife's death. His cutie son Jonah's idea of helping him involves calling a radio talk show and putting his dad on the air. Annie Reed (MegRyan) happens to tune in when this happens and she falls in love with him. Sam and Annie then spend the rest of the movie trying to find reasons not to meet. You can guess what happens at the end.

The film is a bit non-traditional in that the romantic leads don't even meet [[spoiler: until the very end (except briefly earlier on)]].
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Jonah is absolutely adorable, and way too smart for his age.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: DREAMS COME TRUE's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9w1_61Ch5A "Winter Song"]] is the theme song for the movie in Japan, although the lyrics are in English.
* AnnoyingLaugh /TheHyena: That horrendously annoying woman Sam dates. Jonah even says she sounds like a hyena.
* BagsOfLetters
* BigWhat: Spoken by Jessica's mother when she and Sam ask Jessica where Jonah went and she says, "He's on his way to New York".
* BlindDate
* BoyMeetsGirl
* DeadpanSnarker: Sam
* DisposableFiance: Walter, possibly the most disposable of all disposable fiancÚs.
* DistantPrologue: The opening scenes establish the death of Sam's wife and his decision to move to Seattle. After the intro, the time stamp informs the viewer that it's 18 months later.
* FunctionalGenreSavvy: Annie, played with and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
* HeldGaze: The Anniversary Edition [=DVD=] cover shows Creator/TomHanks and MegRyan looking into each other's eyes like this because it is the quintessential "romantic" pose.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Walter at the end.
* ManlyTears: Played for laughs, when Sam and Greg tear up while reminiscing about ''Film/TheDirtyDozen''.
* MaybeEverAfter
* MissingMom
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: Walter's allergies.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: Seattle has no subway.
* NoRomanticResolution: What happens after they meet?
* ParentWithNewParamour: At one point, Sam dates a woman who Jonah hates.
* PostModernism
* RaceForYourLove
* StalkerWithACrush: Annie looks Sam up on the hi-tech 90's computer and pretty much stalks him through the city.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Jonah explains his far-too-advanced-for-his-age knowledge of sex by shrugging and saying, "Jed's got cable". Nowadays, every household in America has cable, even if it's just the basic channels, but at the time this movie was made, cable was a luxury item that not everyone had.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: See Becky's quote at the top of the page.
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