It was the orgasm heard round the world, and when it turns 30, you gotta throw one heck of a party!
When Harry Met Sally: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner Reunite 30 Years After Film's Release https://t.co/o02a7A6pBd
— People (@people) April 12, 2019
When Harry Met Sally has become a timeless film that tells a timeless story of two people who hate each other, then become friends, then finally fall in love, a process that “only took three months… twelve years and three months,” as the couple puts it at the end of the film.
The film changed the romcom genre forever when it became a surprise hit in the summer of 1989, launching Meg Ryan’s career as a go-to rom com heroine and going on to garner an Oscar nomination for Nora Ephron’s iconic screenplay and Golden Globe nominations for both its stars.
Director Rob Reiner spoke of the movie’s enduring appeal to reporters at the event, saying:
“You never know. You make a movie and hopefully you like it, and hopefully other people [do too]… You have no idea if it will stand the test of time, and it’s kind of cool that it did.”
The celebration also included a panel discussion on the work of the beloved Ephron, who passed away in 2012. Also absent, but surely there in spirit: the dearly departed Carrie Fisher, who had some of the film’s most memorable one-liners.
The reunion party was right on theme with the movie—even down to Carrie Fisher’s character’s fake flower delivery!
The #TCMFF party for When Harry Met Sally is great.
Pastrami sandwiches, cool drinks, a band & flowers with a great note!
This is the note Carrie Fisher sent to herself in the film to make her married boyfriend jealous – so on point!
Calling it Fisher’s Florist is great too! pic.twitter.com/lBJLBWgMVL
— Jeff Goldsmith (@yogoldsmith) April 12, 2019
Along with some When Harry Met Sally-themed cocktails:
At the Turner Classic Movies film fest and the opening gala is When Harry Met Sally themed pic.twitter.com/g5LLFhql8r
— tricerapops (@tricerapops) April 12, 2019
And they even gave the film’s stars a grand entrance, serenading Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan with the film’s theme song “It Had to Be You,” while they were carried out on what looks just like the couch on which couples in the film (including Harry and Sally) recount the stories of how they met. Awww….
Ben Mankiewicz and Rob Reiner intro Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan to the front of the TCL Chinese Theatre ahead of the TCM Classic Film Festival’s opening night 30th anniversary screening of WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… pic.twitter.com/riqKzecqP7
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) April 12, 2019
Unfortunately, there was no re-enactment of the famous orgasm scene, but Reiner and the stars did recount details about the shooting of the scene—which, it turns out, was all Meg Ryan’s idea—along with other iconic scenes like the hilarious four-way phone call between Ryan, Crystal, Fisher and Bruno Kirby.
For folks on Twitter, their love for the film is going just as strong as Harry’s and Sally’s all these years later!
I don't care how many times I see that movie, I still get a laugh from it 30 years later. I'll have what she's having. 🙂
— Donna Whitman (@NSBooklady2) April 12, 2019
Excellent movie. I can remember going to the deli and never looking at a sandwich the same way again.
— Premiere Entertainment (@PEFilmBuyer) April 12, 2019
We need a sequel !!! “ When Harry unfollowed Sally “ @robreiner
— Davar (@Dazarbeygui) April 10, 2019
That's what 30th anniversaries of any kind do. Lol! 'When Harry Met Sally' is absolutely timeless, great movie to kick things off with!
— SherryWeir (@SherryWeir3) April 10, 2019
They still look like the perfect couple. Swoon.
— Liz Gonzales (@TheLizGonzales) April 12, 2019
Oh how I love and miss Nora Ephron.
— Margot Durkin (@mrsdurkinmuses) April 12, 2019
Though for some, the anniversary was a poignant reminder of the passage of time…
OMG! 30th anniversary of When Harry Meet Sally?! That makes me feel old! pic.twitter.com/Zs9pAO0SpT
— Heidi (@buddynewman) April 10, 2019
"‘Harry Met Sally’ is 30. All it means is that I’m old. That’s all it means.” – https://t.co/mMVDsUJy6a
— Jason Diamond (@imjasondiamond) April 10, 2019
“When Harry Met Sally” can’t possibly be 30 years old because that makes me…. a whole lot older than that. https://t.co/oICdiNeZ9L
— Melanie Benjamin (@MelanieBen) April 11, 2019
— Erika Robuck (@ErikaRobuck) April 11, 2019
Especially once someone dug up photos from the original premiere in 1989… attended, for some reason, by Princess Diana!
Not sure why it took me so long to look at the photos from the When Harry Met Sally premiere but here we are. pic.twitter.com/NOaOIh5geZ
— Jason Diamond (@imjasondiamond) April 11, 2019
But fans better get over the sadness of aging because, like Sally, the film is gonna be 40… someday…
Anyway, happy birthday to When Harry Met Sally! They just don’t make ’em like this anymore!