My friends Sarah at Secret Art Expedition and Darren at The Arty Plantsman have started a Film Friday challenge. I’m joining today with the first movie that came to mind. You’ve Got Mail was my favorite movie from middle school probably through college. I can still sing along to the soundtrack and and recite most of the lines.
It’s a sweet rom-com with good actors and showcases New York City across three seasons. The movie really is an ode to the city. I’ve never really spent much time in New York City but I still have this romanticized notion of it from YGM. It’s a lovely movie overall, but the real reason I loved it is because wanted to be Kathleen Kelley (Meg Ryan) when I grew up. I wanted to own a little bookstore and work with quirky colleagues, wear a wardrobe straight out of J.Crew, live in a cute little townhouse apartment in the Upper West Side… maybe marry a millionaire with a boat?
You’ve Got Mail also introduced me to other things I also ended up loving: Pride and Prejudice (which was my favorite book for many years), the Shoe books by Noel Streatfeild, and Joni Mitchell.
I remember at the time Barnes and Noble was the big bookstore chain that was gobbling up local bookstores. The bookstore in my town where I’d go every Saturday went out of business after a B&N opened. Who knew that twenty years later it’d be the big, bad B&N being squeezed by online retail *cough Amazon*?
There are so many memorable lines from the movie. Below are just a few random ones from off the top of my head.
You’ve Got Mail was recently added to the Netflix catalog so I rewatched it for the first time in years. It was just as lovely as I remembered, and there was the added nostalgia for simpler times of dial-up Internet and no cell phones.
Have you seen You’ve Got Mail? If so, do you have any favorite scenes? Or I’d love to know some of your favorite movies from your formative years, let me know in the comments!