You've Got Mail
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -1/2

Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) operates a small childrens bookstore called The Shop Around the Corner. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) owns Manhattan's largest superchain of bookstores capable of putting any small independent bookstore out of business. After meeting on the Internet, Joe and Kathleen begin an intimate, but anonymous, relationship by e-mail. But when Joe opens a new Fox Books Superstore around the corner from Kathleen's childrens bookstore, the two become natural enemies. But as this battle of the bookstores escalates, Joe discovers the identity of his romantic e-mail interest and struggles to reveal his identity in a fashion that will keep the new found love of his life from hating him. The very talented Ryan and Hanks bring this romantic comedy to life. And a unique and well-written script, accompanied by the magical performances of Ryan and Hanks, will ensure YOU'VE GOT MAIL to be a Box Office Winner.

Fortunately, this romantic comedy, unlike some modern romantic comedies, revolves more around romance than sex. The only sexually questionable element occurs when electronic sex over the Internet, known as cybersex, is comically referred to in the dialog. Another distasteful comment occurs when Joe's step mom announces that she is going to have her "eggs harvested". While the absence of violence, sex and nudity is commendable, the scattered use of foul language slightly hinders the film's acceptability. One s-word, 3 regular profanities and several crude words tarnish the dialog. Also, the neutral discussion of a man cheating on his wife several times tends to condone extra marital affairs. Although many of these elements are mild in comparison to other romantic comedies, the condoned immoral behavior and 3 regular profanities earn a slightly objectionable rating for this otherwise decent film.

Preview Reviewer: Rik Wyrick
Distributor: Warner Brothers, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA, 91522

Crude Language: Several (7) times - Mild 3, Moderate 4
Obscene Language: Few (3) times (s-word 1, other 2)
Profanity: Few (3) times - Regular 3 (G 2, GD 1)
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Once -- Mild (reference to cybersex)
Drug Abuse: Once (alcohol consumption)
Other: Dialog tends to condone unfaithfulness in marriage, reference to woman having her eggs harvested
Running Time: 116 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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