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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 24, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Fine romance? The deli scene in “When Harry Met Sally . . .”

I enjoyed reading everyone’s votes for favorite romantic movies earlier this week; sitting at my desk muttering “oh, right! that one!” One that got several votes was “When Harry Met Sally . . .,” which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year — and whose screenwriter, Nora Ephron, has a new movie out in two weeks (“Julie & Julia”). So it seems right, for the weekend, to revisit the movie’s most famous scene, not least because “The Ugly Truth,” out in theaters this weekend, has a sort-of-similar scene in it that’s nowhere near as funny. The chemistry between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in this scene is terrific — you really believe that they’re good friends — and the kicker (delivered by Estelle Reiner, director Rob Reiner’s mom — and reportedly a last-minute script addition from Crystal) is classic.

Happy weekend, to all the Harrys and Sallys out there.

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