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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
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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.

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Audience Reviews

5 stars

One of my absolute favorite Tom Hanks movies.. It's just so sweet & romantic & I love it :) A much watch :)

- movieguru12, Friday, July 2, 2010

3 stars

"It was like... magic." Remembering Tom Hanks' career, my first memories of him was him being a lead in comedies and romantic films.'Big', 'Dragnet', 'Turner and Hooch' etc. Good films but nothing special anyways. 1993 was the year when everything changed... 'Sleepless in Seattle' came out but I'm not saying that this film changed it all. It was another '93 film called 'Philadelphia' that would win him his first Oscar. But that's another review... So, focusing on 'Sleepless in Seattle' now. First of all, I'm not a big fan of romantic comedies, or romantic films. They seem to be predictable with some exceptions. 'Sleepless in Seattle' is not one of the later ones but manages to be somewhat different from the masses. The story of the film is kinda beautiful but it's hard to believe that this would actually happen in real life. Two persons, never talked to each other, never spent time with each other, just happen to fall in love before even saying a proper "hello". Yes, I know... Movie magic. And it actually functions well! 'Sleepless in Seattle' has several good moments but some minor things caused me to dislike the film a bit. For instance, Meg Ryan's characters actions in her relationship, Tom Hanks' characters kid... Not fittin here properly. Bad acting maybe? The supporting cast does a really good job here. Rob Reiner, Rosie O'Donnell and Bill Pullman. Their characters happen to be a lot more interesting then the leads and bring some depth to the movie. 'Sleepless in Seattle' is in the end one of the better films in the romantic (comedies) movie genre. But no other romantic film has come even close to the best of 'em all... 'Love Actually'. But I do know that there IS something very special with the final scene. The top of the Empire State building, a dark star lit sky, NY city lights, the touch of a beautiful woman. There is something magical with the place...

- TheMachinist, Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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