The only '80s movie worth watching on New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve. There's something inherently evil about this particular holiday. The pressure to do something majestic. That damn song that nobody understands or can remember the lyrics to. Oh, and yeah -- not a decent movie in the history of Hollywood worth watching when you find yourself stuck at home as the clock strikes midnight. (Sorry, Garry Marshall.)
Well, unless you count 1989's When Harry Met Sally. It's a New Year's Eve movie, right? Hell, there are TWO New Year's Eves in the movie, including the one at the very end. Sure, there's a couple Christmases thrown in there, but we know which holiday is the real star. And though it's barely an '80s movie, it technically meets all the criteria. (BTW, is it just me or is there NOTHING about this movie that feels like an '80s movie? Even the music, by Harry Connick Jr., feels like it's a '90s flick. Still, we once did a whole podcast on it. Anyhoo...)
Chances are you own this movie, so you might as well go dig it out now. And while you're drinking your faux champagne (because who can afford the real thing is this economy) and eating Mallomars ("the greatest cookie of all time," Harry says), remember this:
Everything you need to know in life, you can learn from When Harry Met Sally.
- "It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk."
- "Everybody thinks they have good taste and a sense of humor but they couldn't possibly all have good taste."
- "Restaurants are to people in the '80s what theatres were to people in the '60s."
- "You take someone to the airport, its clearly the beginning of the relationship."
- "There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance."
- "Most women at one time or another have faked it."
- "Marriages don't break up on account of infidelity. It's just a symptom that something else is wrong."
- "Somewhere out there is the man you are supposed to marry. And if you don't get him first, somebody else will, and you'll have to spend the rest of your life knowing that somebody else is married to your husband."
- "Days of the Week" underpants doesn't include Sunday. "Because of God." (Actually, Sunday is included nowadays.)
- "Baby Fish Mouth" is sweeping the nation.
- Hieroglyphics are "just an ancient comic strip about a character named Sphinxy."
- Men and women can't be friends "because the sex part always gets in the way."