Cinema: Matchmaker, Matchmaker

At the end of the century, as many filmmakers take a darkened view of love and togetherness, there are comforts attached to entering the world of a Nora Ephron romantic comedy--and these comforts extend beyond the knowledge that, at some point or another, Meg Ryan will appear on screen in a twin set. When Ephron pairs the actress with Tom Hanks, the viewer can rest assured that certain unsettling events will not occur: we know, for example, that our hero won't ever suffer financially (and thus won't turn to a life of bank robbery or kidnapping); our heroine won't be left,...

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