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There are those who will claim that Sleepless in Seattle is too corny with sugar-coated cuteness filling in for the lack of a strong plot And while they have a point theres something that the cynics are missing -- its meant to be this way By its own admission this film is intended as a throwback to the screen romances of the past An Affair to Remember in particular which is cited numerous times and borrowed from explicitly and implicitly It offers a mere glimpse of the American dream and hopes of the past anyone expecting a tale of stark modern life from Sleepless in Seattle has walked into the wrong room and has picked the wrong movie This is a dreamy romantic fantasy whose mood falls somewhere between magic and reality definitely not how America really is or ever will be There are however a few typical American items and traditions that are portrayed and used in the film in an accurate way 8-year old Jonah Baldwin misses his mother who died from cancer eighteen months ago More than that however he recognizes that his father Sam is desperately lonely So on Christmas Eve Jonah calls a radio talk-show psychologist and asks for help Forced onto the phone by his son and identified as Sleepless in Seattle Sam reluctantly at first opens up and talks about his love for his dead wife and the things that made her special Across the country in Baltimore Annie Reed is listening to the syndicated program and Sams testimonial of love brings tears to her eyes Even though she is engaged to Walter Annie begins to wonder what it would be like to meet Sam She even becomes one of thousands of women to write a letter to him But when circumstances make a meeting possible the question is whether either Sam or Annie will have the courage to follow through with it Its the Christmas wish that
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