1989 Certificate: 15


Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are best but totally platonic friends. As time goes by, however, the spectre of sex looms ever larger over their beautiful friendship. Director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron create the perfect romantic comedy by putting the emphasis on comedy and allowing the romance to follow. It also owes its success to the sparkling chemistry between the two stars and supporting couple the late Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby. But it's Reiner's mum who gets the best line as a fellow diner who witnesses Ryan's public 'faking it' scene. Orgasmic.


  • Rob Reiner


  • Billy Crystal

  • Meg Ryan

  • Bruno Kirby

  • Carrie Fisher


Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star in this hugely enjoyable, offbeat romantic comedy as the couple for whom (at college) it's indifference at first sight.

This mutual non-attraction is followed by an on-off 12-year period as friends, despite his assertion that 'men and women can't be friends, because sex always gets in the way'.

The script crackles with wit, there's a great soundtrack of classic songs and it's super entertainment. Ryan's famous 'fake orgasm' scene in a restaurant is the funniest thing in the film.