Our Daily Trailer: WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
This Thursday, 2015 rolls around, and I for one am ready for it. We're celebrating the nouvelle année with Our Daily Trailer this week, and naturally I leapt directly to Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally, because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with a movie, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. (And because every major moment of Harry and Sally's relationship takes place at the end or beginning of a year.)
When Harry Met Sally is the gold standard for romantic comedies, the unreachable yardstick I use to wallop dross like The Ugly Truth or All About Steve. It's endlessly, impossibly hilarious and genuine, one of the most charming films of all time and the movie that managed to make women across America sigh and stare out their windows, pondering what a dreamboat Billy Crystal is. Billy Crystal! I would lie, steal, cheat or kill for the chance to make out with Billy Crystal in this movie, and I am fully aware that THAT IS INSANE, but there you go. That is the power of When Harry Met Sally.
The film also includes this wonderful speech by Harry:
and that means it's directly responsible for the very best joke of Wet Hot American Summer (tragically, this is the only clip I could find, but it totally suffices):
So take this New Year's Eve to tell the bowlegged, bilingual, crinkly-nosed and constantly cold love of your life how you feel. And then you guys can get married and have a beautiful wedding with an enormous coconut cake with tiers and a very rich chocolate sauce on the side, 'cause not everybody likes it on the cake, because the coconut soaks up a lot of excess and it gets very soggy, so it's important to keep it on the side.