YMMV / You've Got M@il

  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Looking back at this film with all of the documentaries and knowledge about being careful with strangers online is very sobering. True, neither was putting any overtly personal info out there, but with modern knowledge of internet scams and predators the sheer casualness of meeting someone in a chat room and talking to them immediately feels weird.
    • On the other hand, their relationship is pretty similar to how people whose relationships start online work. (With less romantic comedy moments of course.)
    • The entire "scrappy independent bookstore vs. corporate mega chain" conflict thanks to web retailers and e-books slowly making the concept of physical bookstores themselves obsolete. In other words, both Kathleen and Joe lost in the end, as this The Onion article satirically posits.
    • The film was released by Warner Bros., with AOL being used by the main characters. Three years after the film's release, AOL and Time Warner merged, which became one of the biggest mistakes in corporate history and AOL would be spun off eight years later.
  • Genius Bonus: Thanks in part to all the main characters being quite literate, the dialogue offhandedly contains references to Anthony Powell, Mrs. Patrick Campbell's literary affair with George Bernard Shaw, Generalissimo Franco, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg... and The Godfather, of course.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Tom Hanks telling a Knock Knock joke.
  • Idiot Plot: Averted. As Roger Ebert points out, just when it seems that "a word from either party would end the confusion," the film throws a curve ball by allowing Joe Fox to figure out Kathleen's identity, which presents a whole new set of confusions.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Sara Ramirez as the cashier who's annoyed by Kathleen (and charmed by Joe).
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of the film.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: Over the course of the movie, the closing of the bookshop causes Kathleen significant emotional pain, even going so far as for her to say it feels like her mother is dying all over again. Even if she found it within her to ultimately forgive Joe for his involvement in the store going under, it's still difficult to believe that Kathleen would happily have the daughter she wanted to leave her bookstore to with the man responsible for there no longer being a bookstore.