Movie Challenge: happy


6.) A Movie That Makes You Happy

answer: You’ve Got Mail


Why does this movie make me happy? Two reasons:

1.) The communication between Kathleen and Joe

Kathleen Kelly: Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one! It got on at 42nd and off at 59th, where, I assume, it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake, as almost all hats are.


Joe Fox: Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.


2.) The Bookstore, which is practically it’s own character


It reminds me of the small church library that I volunteered in, years ago. The library was basically geared towards children, not just religious themed books, but all the children’s books that happened to be popular at the time. The librarian really kept up on things, she ordered the newest books and we creatively put them on display throughout the small space. We had reading aloud hours and fun holiday themed events. I really enjoyed my time there. So when I see Kathleen Kelly with a princess hat on her head, enthusiastically reading a story to a group of children, it makes me nostalgic.


The love story of the film is cute. The face-to-face banter between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is enjoyable, but it’s really the e-mail theme that grabs me. I’ve had many pen pals through the years, and so I cherish that kind of communication.

Kathleen Kelly: I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you.


Unfortunately I’ve either drifted away from my old letter writing pals, or they now prefer to communicate in three sentence conversations via social media instead. I miss the uninterrupted honesty that letter writing fosters.

Kathleen Kelly: Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.


This is probably why I’ve gravitated to the blogging platform. Here, I can send thoughts ‘out into the void’ and also have ample room to babble on to my heart’s content in the comment section.

Kathleen Kelly:The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.


And instead of pretty stationary or cutesy stickers and ink stamps, I can decorate with other fun things instead…

fun thing


I’ve never made the connection between letter writing and blogging before. I like the thought of it though, it makes it seem more personal.

Kathleen Kelly: Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.

up next: a movie that you know practically the whole script of



5 thoughts on “Movie Challenge: happy

  1. Blogging is a bit like letter writing, isn’t it? And I like what you decorate your “letters” with!
    I like “You’ve Got Mail”. Did you ever see “The Shop Around the Corner” that was the original basis for the movie? Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan are letter-writing pen pals who work together and hate each other. Really great too. I had actually seen that one first, on TV. 1940 black and white.


    1. yes, I have seen ‘The Shop Around The Corner’ but only b/c of ‘You’ve Got Mail’. I love Jimmy Stewart but I hadn’t seen that one before, so once I learned that this one had been based on that one, I checked it out. it’s very similar in some ways but so different in others; I like them both!
      and I’m glad to know you like my ‘decorations’. they’re too pretty to not be shared πŸ˜€

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  2. I never thought about it until reading your article; but blogging maintains a little of ‘The Shop Around The Corner’ in a world dominated by the ‘Fox Books’ of social media. I hope that makes sense!

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    1. yes, it does make sense! Kathleen had a personal connection to her customers, whereas Fox books was all business. Social Media does feel like ‘all business’ sometimes, say what needs to be said in order to get noticed, shared, retweeted, etc. but with blogging, it’s more about saying what we need to say for our own sake, and hopefully making personal connections along the way πŸ™‚


  3. Kelly, this post is one of my favorites b/c I loved You Got Mail for its human touch. I thought it was modern (Joe’s father and grandfather both have children under 10 ) and old style romantic writing e-mails to each other like a digital letter. I am a big time e-mail fan. I’m not on Twitter or FB so I still relish sending and receiving e-mails. I think Ryan and Hanks are very good here and I love how Hanks uses The Godfather in so many analogies with her. Very clever! Fox Books represents the Barnes and Nobles of today who outlasted Crown Books, B Dalton. I need to revisit this movie soon.

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