The only thing I love more than a Nora Ephron movie is a Nora Ephron movie starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, so don’t take this the wrong way but: You’ve Got Mail is extremely weird. So weird, in fact, that I spent a recent Saturday afternoon re-watching all 119 minutes expressly for the purpose of noting down its most delicious peculiarities. And that isn’t to say the film isn’t also wonderful, funny, uplifting and charming, because it is. When it comes to romantic comediesbirthed in the 90s, weirdness and wonderfulness are essentially two peas in a pod, living side by side quite peacefully (for the most part). Keep scrolling for copious evidence, and meet me in the comments to discuss.
1. Meg Ryan (excuse me — Kathleen Kelly) gets her coffee from Starbucks.
This isn’t weird in and of itself, because lots of people get their coffee from Starbucks, but! Kathleen Kelly’s central gripe over the course of the movie is that she, an independent bookstore owner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is being put out of business by the impersonal mega-chain Fox Books, which leaves me wondering why she would frequent impersonal mega-chain Starbucks for her daily caffeine fix instead of, say, the myriad independent coffee shops in her neighborhood. It seems a tad hypocritical, no?
2. Kathleen loooooooves the smell of Scotch tape.
Pardon moi, but is this a thing?????? I didn’t even think Scotch tape had a smell to begin with, much less a smell you could love, so either I’m ignorant (which I’ll admit is possible) or this falls squarely into the weird pile (which I’m convinced is probable). Regardless, it’s definitely weird she practically French kisses a Scotch tape dispenser, which is more than she ever does on-screen with Joe Fox.weird things,weird things,weird things