You’ve Got Mail stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks back when instant messaging and email were hot and trendy new technological inventions. Meg is the owner of a small book store that is struggling. Tom’s character is the owner of a chain of bookstores which threaten to run Meg out of business. This theme in today’s day and age is ironic, since all bookstores, including chains, are being replaced by digital media.
Tom and Meg fall in love via anonymous virtual messaging. This rom-com classic is one of the first movies to touch on the perils of social media dating and how different it can be from dating in reality. While I love this move, I don’t personally love the ending. For those of you haven’t seen it, Meg finally finds out who Tom is and is perfectly fine with the fact that the man she loves is also the man who just shut down her business. They embrace and we assume they live happily ever after.. the end. In real life, virtual dating looks more like the show catfish at worst and like meeting on Tinder at best. I’ll give this movie credit since it was ahead of its time with the theme, though.