My Life in Movies: You’ve Got Mail

In lieu of the passing of the brilliant and talented, Nora Ephron, a personal role model of mine – I write this blog dedicated to her most quaint film, You’ve Got Mail.


You’ve Got Mail is by far my favorite movie of all time. I can quote the thing to death and revel in every image and song each time I sit down to watch it. It just makes me feel cozy, it’s a cozy movie.  You’ve Got Mail is the charming tale about small independent children’s bookstore owner Kathleen Kelly and her “arch nemesis,” Joe Fox, the new book superstore owner.  Kathleen is an “enchanting” woman with a love for Pride and Prejudice, children’s novels, daisies, “the friendliest flower,” and butterflies on the subway.  Kathleen and Joe are both in love with aol email “pen” pals, who consequently are each other, but whom of which identities are unbeknownst to them.  Their relationship  with both the little fights, and moments of kindness make this film incredibly sweet and zany.  I fall in love with Joe Fox each time, and only hope to one day have a home as lovely as Miss Kelly’s apartment.

1. Vintage Mint Green Hermes 3000 Swiss Made Typewriter, $150; 2. Silk Daisy Bouquet, $46; 3. Yellow pencil, $2.50/pack; 4. Cath Kidson Crush Mug, $5; 5. Waiting in Outline Dress in Blue, $48; 6. Shabby Chic for Target Douvet, $80; 7. Pride and Prejudice, $15; 8. Glitter Done Shoe, $35; 9. Black Glittery Wall Clock, $35; 10. Tippi Cardigan, $85

I love Kathleen and Joe’s lovers: silly Frank Navasky with his obsession with typewriters, neurotic Patricia with her tic tacs and over the counter pills.  There are so many great allusions to great literature, Pride and Prejudice obviously – even a quick note to my favorite children’s series, The Betsy- Tacy books!  Images of street fairs, lavish boats, Joe’s bachelor pad: the male counter to Kathleen’s cozy flat, Starbucks! It’s such a timeless movie, I can hardly take all of the goodness.

Between Kathleen and her daisies and Joe Fox and his fancies about bouquets of sharpened pencils in the Fall, you will just want to be in an enchanted rom-com yourself!  If you have yet to see this movie, please do, it’s too precious to miss.

Fox. F-O-X.

RIP Nora Ephron, 1941-2012


6 thoughts on “My Life in Movies: You’ve Got Mail

  1. Gosh, I was so shocked when I read that she had MDS which is related and associated with Aplastic Anemia. I too thought she was wonderful and so talented, we will miss her. Thank goodness that she left us so many of her great works.

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