As my former roommates know, You’ve Got Mail is kind of a default movie for me. I was jazzed therefore to force the bear to watch the movie on which it’s based– The Shop Around the Corner (1940), starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart. (It’s on our holiday list.)
The girl and boy are nemeses at work, but fall in love writing anonymous letters to each other. One of them finds out, the other doesn’t know, hilarity ensues! Based on the play by Miklos Laszlo (Hungarian!). Megan M and Kelly J may especially like the original movie because of the setting in Budapest (which does not really affect anything in the story, at all). Another musical version I’ve seen– In the Good Old Summertime— stars Judy Garland and is good (1949).
My favorite is still probably Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Have I lost my critical integrity?
Although I wouldn’t think of it as a holiday film, Shop Around the Corner was on our “top Christmas movies list” because it takes place during the Christmas season with the romantic finale on Christmas eve.
So this brings up a new subject– what makes something a Christmas movie? My cousins Nate and Zach insist that Die Hard is one of the greatest holiday films of all time, and my mom disagrees (not on the grounds that it’s not the greatest, but because it can’t be truly classified as holiday).
What else falls into this gray area? You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle are both Nora Ephron/Hanks/Ryan romantic comedies that work around the calendar year, so Christmas is involved but not the centerpiece. Holiday Inn also goes through a year’s worth of holidays, but it is considered a Christmas movie. What are your favorites to watch with the fam during Christmas time? Hands down, mine is White Christmas but maybe other families always watch a nice classic like Casablanca or Spies Like Us that are not actually holiday-related. And perhaps these are more appropriate and heartwarming than Ernest Saves Christmas. All are fine as long as people fall in love and hug!