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Sleepless in Seattle

comedy, drama, romance

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call.

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common sense

ON for kids age 11
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

A fairy tale that even teens can enjoy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that even teenagers used to edgier fare will fall for this romantic fairytale. Still, parents should know that the main characters are a widower and his young son; the mother's death echoes throughout the movie. There is some mild sexual content and profanity, as well.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Jessica and Jonah mean well, but hide the truth from their parents when conspiring to get Jonah to New Your City in their attempt to get Annie and Sam together. Was what they did right? How could they have handled this and still been truthful with their parents? Families can also compare this movie to An Affair to Remember.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Although this film relies so much on the plot of 'An affair to remember' the central protagonists act splendidly. Every scene fits in seamlessly with the next; this film has so many quirks, namely 'David Hyde Pierce'(Niles from Fraiser) is supremely witty in his brief part as Ryan's (Annie's) brother. I also loved the theme of the United States map, the classic songs, Rosie O' Donnell's extra-marital affairs, Walter's allergies, Clarise's blandness (babysitter), 'tirimasu' and lastly but most importantly 'Jonah.' It wouldn't have been the same without him. The fact that the fashions of the 90's are reflected in the film makes it interesting. People didn't seem as interested in fashion trends in the 90's; I loved the coats. If you loved this movie you must watch 'You've got mail.' Sure this movie is a classic chic flick but it''s also an appropriate family film. I've watched this film many times with my family and although the boys groan when I say I'm popping it into the DVD film, there are no real objections. If you haven't watched it, do.

- matertenebraum, Wednesday, December 23, 2009

4 stars

I really fell for this movie out of my shear devotion to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, the greatest on screen couple. It's a really unique concept and it worked really well. What sets it apart from every other romantic comedy out there is the lovable and, more importantly, memorable characters. It doesn't try to preach on life or call on self importance, that's why it's really easy to watch and retain a sense of reality.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2 stars

Sweet, sentimental and a little sickly but certainly not the worst rom-com/chick flick I've ever seen!

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 22, 2009