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New Year's Eve movie throwdown: 'Trading Places' vs. 'When Harry Met Sally'

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December

when-harry-met_l.jpgNew Year's Eve movies. Yes, they're what LAME ADULTS LIKE ME in the '80s nation do these days instead of actually going out and having in-person fun. Why risk the streets on Amateur Night when you can slowly anesthetize yourself while watching a classic '80s flick?

But of all the great New Year's Eve movies, only a handful fall in the '80s. And of those, I can think of only two that are worthy and readily available in any true '80s fan's DVD collection: Trading Places and When Harry Met Sally.

But you can only pick one. Which one makes the cut? Let's break it down.

THE ACTORS:
Trading Places: Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd (both near the top of their careers)
When Harry Met Sally: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan (both near the top of their careers)
Advantage: I'm giving a slight advantage to Trading Places ... just because these two guys really were more believable in their roles. And Meg Ryan didn't carry the water as much.

THE NEW YEAR'S EVE ANGLE:
Trading Places: The movie culminates with the cornering of the frozen orange juice concentrate market on New Year's Day after the NYE train trip from Philadelphia.
When Harry Met Sally: Two important scenes ... Harry and Sally's awkward first kiss and the final kiss both happen on New Year's Eve.
Advantage: Harry & Sally prevail here.

THE SIGNATURE QUOTES:
Trading Places: "Merry New Year!" ... "Happy New Year. In this country we say Happy New Year."
When Harry Met Sally: "What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means. I mean, 'Should old acquaintance be forgot'? Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?"
Advantage: As much as I quote "Merry New Year," I guess Harry and Sally make this an easy choice afterall.

Have a great and safe holiday everyone.

 

[Last modified: Friday, December 31, 2010 10:41am]

    

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