Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1998. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, based on the play Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo. Cinematography by John Lindley. Produced by Nora Ephron, Lauren Shuler Donner. Music by George Fenton. Production Design by Dan Davis. Costume Design by Albert Wolsky. Film Editing by Richard Marks.
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan reunite with their Sleepless In Seattle director Nora Ephron in a remake of The Shop Around The Corner (which was also remade in musical form as In The Good Old Summertime) that is neither as tightly written as Seattle was or as effortlessly witty, but has a cool, lazy style of its own. Ryan is a children’s book store owner who emails back and forth with an anonymous writer whom she doesn’t know is big chain book store owner Hanks, who is about to destroy her business with his latest addition to his series of megastores. Greg Kinnear also stars as Ryan’s communication-challenged boyfriend, and Parker Posey is Hanks’ off the wall fiancee. It sticks around a bit too long, the last third is especially off rhythm, but if you’re in the right mood when you see it, you’ll enjoy it.
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Meg Ryan)