Favorite Revisited II – 31:14

{If you’re new this is a Monday favorite revisited post, written for 31 Days – A Compendium of Favorites.  Click here for all the 31 Days posts.  If you’ve been following along, thanks for coming back.}

Last Friday I compiled a list of eight of my favorite movies.  Movies that I have and will watch multiple times.  I chose one of those movies to watch again this weekend.  None of them were available on Netflix, so I went with one I had. I do not have copies of all my favorites – this must be remedied!

I chose to watch You’ve Got Mail.  You can access a fun little interactive site with interesting information about New York as it relates to the movie here.

newyorkfallquoteI have been thinking about why this movie rates as a favorite.  To me it has a timeless charm that I never tire of.  Of course, it’s a given that I’m a romantic.  But it is more than the romance that draws me to this movie.

I love Kathleen Kelly’s apartment.  I paused the movie in one scene so I could figure out how her apartment is laid out.  I love all the bookshelves, the large windows, the detail on the molding and woodwork, her decorating style – all of it.

I love the Little Shop Around the Corner.  What book lover wouldn’t want a little shop like that to browse in?  It has an old fashioned charm.  It is a landmark that has always been there.  That she closed the shop because of the big box book store was actually my least favorite part of the movie. They should have found a way to keep the shop.  I have always dreamed of owning such a shop.

The Hooked on Houses Blog has a post from 2009 that gives the plot of the movie and shows lots of pictures.

Even though I’ve never been to New York, I love the energy of the city that comes through in the movie and how you see the gentle side of New York.  It almost made me want to live there.  If I could afford the rent.

The characters in the movie were likable as well. I loved the closeness Kathleen had with her employee’s.  They were her family and you knew she cared more about them, than she did the bottom line.  Even Joe Fox, who is the reason she has to close her shop, has redeemable qualities and from the beginning you are rooting for them to find each other and live happily ever after.

And the quotes.  The writing is good.  Some of my favorite quotes are from this move.

“I go on line, 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 beat of my own heart. I have mail. From you.”  Kathleen Kelly

“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” – Kathleen Kelly

Joe Fox( discussing the significance of the NY152 handle and what it means) – “Mr. 152 Felony indictments.”

Kathleen Kelly – ” Mr. 152 insights into my soul.”

“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.” – Kathleen Kelly

Joe Fox – “Don’t cry, Shopgirl. Don’t cry.”

Kathleen Kelly – “I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.” – Kathleen Kelly

Kathleen Kelly – “I love daisies.”

Joe Fox – “You told me.”

Kathleen Kelly –  “They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?”

My husband watched this movie with me.  And when Joe said the line about the bouquet of pencils, Rocky looked over at me with that little knowing smile and a nod of his head as if to say, “see, that is your favorite line”.  He knows me pretty well and he will watch my favorite movies with me even when there is a game he’d rather be watching.  That might just be my favorite of all, about this or any movie.

Re-watching in grace,

Teresa (aka Sadie Grace)

PS – How appropriate that my 100th post is about one of my favorite movies!  Happy 100th to me.  

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