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Laramie Movie Scope:
Sleepless in Seattle

The best romantic couple on screen

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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July 13, 1993 -- ``Sleepless in Seattle'' is one of those nice cozy little summer films that ought to do quite well. It is done with the panache that Hollywood used to do romantic comedies, but seldom does anymore.

The film's two stars, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are both very likable in this unlikely romance. They are ably backed up by the likes of Rob Reiner, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger and the rest of a very fine ensemble cast.

The story is about a boy calling the psychiatrist host of a radio talk show about his father's prolonged grief over the death of his wife. Hanks, the father, is conned into confessing his grief to the psychiatrist, prompting a flood of letters from interested women listeners.

The telephone calls sets into motion a series of events that leads to romance. The writing is very clever, especially in conversations about the difficulty of people over 40 have in the modern dating scene. While this is admittedly a lightweight movie it is very enjoyable, a real winner.

This film rates a B.

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