n°26/ Romantic Comedies

July 2012

by Nathalie Azoulai

Nora Ephron just passed away. She was the screenwriter of some many great romantic comedies, like When Harry met Sally or You've Got Mail. We were in the 1990s then. Some might remember, some might not. Her dialogues are relevant, smart and funny. Just unforgettable.

Just listen to this:

Harry: No man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her.
Sally: So, you're saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive?
Harry: No. You pretty much want to nail 'em too.


Sally: All I'm saying is that somewhere out there is the man you are supposed to marry. And if you don't get him first, somebody else will, and you'll have to spend the rest of your life knowing that somebody else is married to your husband.

Nora Ephron used to say that watching a romantic comedy costs you almost nothing and makes you more lighthearted that any psychoanalysis session. Just give a try...


When Harry met Sally