: [watching An Affair to Remember]
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 in love in a movie
from the early Nineties
which infused a fluffy Romantic Comedy
with a degree of Post Modernism
. As director/co-writer Nora Ephron
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, we would become one of the movies that screwed up people's brains about love forever
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 (Meg Ryan
) 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 until the very end (except briefly earlier on)
This film provides examples of:
- Adorably Precocious Child: Jonah is absolutely adorable, and way too smart for his age.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: DREAMS COME TRUE's "Winter Song" is the theme song for the movie in Japan, although the lyrics are in English.
- Annoying Laugh /The Hyena: That horrendously annoying woman Sam dates. Jonah even says she sounds like a hyena.
- Bags of Letters
- Big "WHAT?!": 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".
- Blind Date
- Boy Meets Girl
- Deadpan Snarker: Sam
- Disposable FiancÚ: Walter, possibly the most disposable of all disposable fiancÚs.
- Distant Prologue: 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.
- Functional Genre Savvy: Annie, played with and lampshaded.
- Held Gaze: The Anniversary Edition DVD cover shows Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan looking into each other's eyes like this because it is the quintessential "romantic" pose.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Walter at the end.
- Manly Tears: Played for laughs, when Sam and Greg tear up while reminiscing about The Dirty Dozen.
- Maybe Ever After
- Missing Mom
- Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Walter's allergies.
- The Mountains of Illinois: Seattle has no subway.
- No Romantic Resolution: What happens after they meet?
- Parent with New Paramour: At one point, Sam dates a woman who Jonah hates.
- Post Modernism
- Race for Your Love
- Stalker with a Crush: Annie looks Sam up on the hi-tech 90's computer and pretty much stalks him through the city.
- Technology Marches On: 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.
- You Watch Too Much X: See Becky's quote at the top of the page.