The story starts when Sally (Meg Ryan) gives a ride to Harry (Billy Crystal) to New York after finishing college at the University of Chicago. It is a long ride and they start talking about things. Their conversation becomes a debate when Harry says that men and women can never be friends because the sex part will always get in the way. Sally disagrees with him and their argument goes on. They meet a few more times after that over the following years and every time, they find themselves in the same argument. They later agreed to be friends, but will the issue of sex get in the way of their friendship?
The movie starts with two people in the car who seem very uncomfortable with each other. At first, it is rather dragging, but when Harry pops his argument about men and women are not likely to become friends because of the idea of sex getting in the way, the movie becomes very interesting. It may be all talk in the beginning, but because of the very good portrayal of both Crystal and Ryan of their respective characters, all I can do is listen attentively to the way both present their interesting arguments. The funny thing is, they meet a few more times several years later and they continue their debate as if the last argument has happened only the day before.
The story is set in 1977 to the late 1980’s. The movie is a good source for knowing the trends—from cars to fashion and hairstyles—of those years. The production designs, though effective in projecting those years, are done subtly, making the focus on the characters and the story rather than their surroundings. Some dialogues may be long, but are not boring and easy to appreciate because of the movements of the actors and the camera works. My favorite scene is the one at a restaurant when they are having lunch and, of course, having an argument. I am not surprised that this very funny scene has become a topic in many discussions of those who have watched the movie. This movie is definitely funny, educational and heartwarming.