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When Harry Met Sally Friendship

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HARRY: Are we becoming friends?

Harry sounds more than a little incredulous here. But do we also detect a hint of hope in his tone? Maybe he's finally mature enough to be excited at the prospect of having a friend who's a woman.

HARRY: Yeah. It's very freeing. I can say anything to her.

JESS: Are you saying you can say things to her you can't say to me?

HARRY: Nah it's just different. It's a whole new perspective. I get the woman's point of view on things. She tells me about the men she goes out with and I can talk to her about the women that I see.

JESS: You tell her about other women.

Harry makes a good point here. Good friendships are based on honesty, and he can be honest with Sally in a way he can't be with anyone else. Then again, you know what else is based on honesty? Great romances.

MARIE: He just spent a hundred and twenty dollars on a new nightgown for his wife. I don't think he's ever going to leave her.

SALLY: No one thinks he's ever going to leave her.

MARIE: You're right, you're right, I know you're right.

It may not be easy for Marie to hear, but Sally's being a good friend here. Clearly, dating a married man is not exactly good for Marie, and Sally reminds her that it's a pretty hopeless relationship. Harsh, yes. But she's trying to help her bestie move on. Sometimes a little tough love is in order.

HARRY: I have decided that for the rest of the day we are going to talk like this.

SALLY: (Plays along) Like this?

HARRY: No, please, to repeat after me. Pepper.

SALLY: Pepper.

HARRY: Pepper.

We'd write out the whole bit for you, but we think it's best seen and not read. And if you're wondering what this scene could possibly have to do with friendship, just look at the chemistry between these two. Clearly, at the end of the day, Harry and Sally have fun together.

HARRY: It's just like most of the time you go to bed with someone, she tells you her stories, you tell her your stories. But with Sally and me, we've already heard each other's stories, so once we went to bed, we didn't know what we were suppose to do, you know?

Now we're getting down to it. See, the real problem isn't that sex gets in the way of friendship, it's that friendship gets in the way of sex—by making the morning after horribly awkward.

SALLY: Anyway, it's about old friends.

She's talking about "Auld Lang Syne," of course—the class New Year's Eve song. We think her point here is that no matter what they've been through, she and Harry are friends, through and through.

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