Kevin Burke, Staff Writer–
For this week’s movie review, I decided to watch Sleepless in Seattle (1993) starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
Sleepless in Seattle? More like Sleepy in Seattle—because this movie put me to sleep! (Good one, Kev).
Sleepless in Seattle is a “classic” rom-com about an unhappy woman who finds love in the strangest of places—on the radio!
Meg Ryan plays the same character that she’s played in every movie she’s ever been in, and Tom Hanks apparently lost a horribly ill-advised bet with the movie’s producer.
Sleepless in Seattle finds itself trying to be a tale of improbable love, but instead comes off as incredibly unrealistic with little to no character development.
For instance, toward the end of the movie there’s a scene where Meg Ryan breaks up with her fiancé and tells him that she’s in love with someone she’s never even met. Instead of being angry or sad or confused, her fiancé responds happily and is supportive of her quest for true love—because why should the side characters have any real feelings or emotions?
The film went home empty-handed at the 1994 Academy Awards, mainly because it’s very bad and doesn’t deserve admiration.
In fact, Sleepless was so bad, that Hanks had to make Forrest Gump and Toy Story the following year just to make up for it.
The Comment officially gives Sleepless in Seattle negative infinity stars out of five, and recommends you watch You’ve Got Mail instead.