You’ve Got Mail (1998) Review

The rise of the internet with email and instant messaging sees two people who hate each other fall for each other online.

Kathleen Kelly owns a small family book shop which has been in New York City for generations and she faces a battle when Fox books opens a megastore right next to her small shop. This then leads her to cross paths with Joe Fox, a ruthless business man who is just making things work for his company. It’s nothing personal but that is not how Kathleen sees it.

The more times I find myself watching this film the more I fall in love with it. It is quite scary how far social media and the internet has come since “You’ve Got Mail” – I am not just meaning the film with that. But when you logged into your computer (waited for dial-up to connect) and AOL would tell you that you had mail. Yes I got my first computer in 1998 and was online by 1999.

This film shows that it can be good to talk to people online and you can really talk to someone who you don’t actually know. You don’t have to worry about them judging you and you can really open up. This happened with Kathleen and Joe and they had no idea that each night they were talking to each other after having a couple of run ins with each other in the business world.

Joe does find out a lot sooner than Kathleen and you have to admit that it does seem pretty cruel that he then kept her going for a while. But in that time Joe tried to phase it out and get to know her better as Joe. If that makes much sense at all, if you have seen the film you will know what I mean.

Meg Ryan really did have a good time in the 90s with romantic comedies and this really is such a good one to revisit as the chemistry between Meg and Tom Hanks really is believable. It will often be compared to their first outing together in Sleepless in Seattle but I actually like this one a lot better. I think it has such a good heart with an interesting message.

Yes the internet has involved and parts of it may not be great but it does help show that you can really have friends online and it can be a good thing. I am not saying that you are going to fall in love online with someone, but you could certainly make good friends who you can talk to without feeling embarrassed about situations.

The supporting cast all fit in very well, which always helps in a rom-com and I really could watch this film over and over. It’s a nice easy watch and one of the my favourite rom-coms. I certainly think the 90s were the best for this genre.

Have you got mail today?

22 thoughts on “You’ve Got Mail (1998) Review

  1. The 90s were definitely the best for rom-coms! I haven’t seen this one, or Sleepless in Seattle, but they are on my list as I love Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally! Will definitely have to check both of them out now! 😀


    • Oh yes totally! I’ll be interested to see which one you like better 🙂

      When Harry Met Sally is just perfect, that’s another I love the more I see it.

      Have you seen French Kiss?


      • I’ll have to let you know! I’ll save them both for a rainy day of film watching! When Harry Met Sally is an absolute classic! One of my favorite films ever! And no I haven’t seen French Kiss, I haven’t actually heard of it!


    • Check out Kate and Leopold as well. It’s a rom-com with Meg Ryan (who else?! – chuckle) and Hugh Jackman. Pretty funny too… 🙂


  2. I think Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were such a good pairing in this film, even more so than in Sleepless in Seattle. I think it made a lot of people want to own a book shop around the corner!


  3. Nice to see a review for a 90s classic. I love You’ve Got Mail, even as outdated as the phrase “you’ve got mail” is today. I could watch it over and over again too. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have great chemistry. Nice review!

    Also, did you know some silly YouTuber cut a horror trailer of this movie. It’s hilarious – you should search for it sometime if you’re looking for a laugh!


    • I honestly find myself watching this whenever it’s on TV and I’ve probably got the DVD somewhere.

      I will certainly have a search for that! 🙂


  4. You’ve Got Mail has become like an old friend to me, a place to come back to and remember. To this day, if someone gave me a bouquet of sharpened pencils, I’d marry them on the spot.

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