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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ANOTHER amazingly cool and subtle allusion hiding in the plainest sight (and sound) possible in Ephron's You've Got Mail

Okay, here's a little movie quiz:

in addition to the fact that it's a really great line of dialog, what is the deeper reason why Nora Ephron has Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) shoot the following zinger at Joe Fox (Tom Hanks)?:

 "If I really knew you, I know what I would find -- instead of a brain, a cash register, instead of a heart, a bottom line."

Hint: in part, it has something to do with Jane Austen, including the kind of subtle allusions to P&P and Much Ado About Nothing that Ephron hid in plain sight in her "light" romcom, and which I've blogged about previously, including in these posts:

http://sharpelvessociety.blogspot.com/2012/06/when-kathleen-met-joe-while-after-nora.html

http://sharpelvessociety.blogspot.com/2013/07/when-kathleen-mourned-her-mother-nora.html

http://sharpelvessociety.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-sunll-come-out-tomorrow-bet-your.html

I am writing a blog post about the answer to this latest quiz, but figured I'd toss this out while I am working on it!

Cheers, ARNIE
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