Date released: July 14, 1989
Date watched: July 12, 2014
Why now? To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Rob Reiner rom-com favourite, of course! (Also, to stop getting looks of shock from friends, co-workers, fellow film lovers—everyone, really—whenever I mention I haven’t watched it.)
Why not then? Likely the only reason I can come up with—which is legitimately a good one—is because I was just over two months old. Having said that, I’ve had 25 years to watch it and just haven’t—an excuse for which I don’t have. I don’t know how I’ve managed to avoid it…
- A new addition to my favourite films list—it’s a listed favourite for some of our Filles, after all
- Your typical adorably lovable—and in this case, iconic—rom-com couple
- A stellar soundtrack (it apparently boasted double-platinum status in the U.S.)
- The usual rom-com story of boy meets girl, they hate each other (which we all know won’t last) and they fall in love. The End.
What I actually got:
- Your typical rom-com storyline that takes things just a little off the beaten path with more chance encounters, a longer friendship period and a slow transition from hatred to love
- A couple that’s quirky, stubborn, cute and just hilarious—they have it all
- Heart-warmingly adorable old people
- A classics-filled jazz soundtrack that blended with the film seamlessly
- A lesson in days-of-the-week underwear availability in the 90s and excellent apartment-searching tips, which may seem dark and insensitive, but I’m convinced they’re just resourceful
- A new addition to my favourite films list (which just goes to show you that our editors and critics really do know film!)
One night-in stand or second date potential? Second, third, fourth, fill-in-the-blank times—I don’t think I could ever tire of this film. It’s one for the film faves collection.