Fairy tale for the lonely: Love, second time around

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Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in a scene from “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Brent Northup

BRENT NORTHUP Film Review Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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“Sleepless in Seattle” invites us to reflect on the love in our life and to treasure the million little things we love about each other, small affections that comfort us in sickness and in health.

I do love dark Bergman explorations of loneliness and doubt where a lady in black stands on a stormy beach crying. A sad ending is cathartic – sharing another’s grief affirms our own blessings.

But now and again, I need a story where the slipper fits.

“Sleepless in Seattle” is just such spirit-lifting adult fantasy where two lonely souls find each other.

When Tom Hanks reached out and took the hand of Meg Ryan in

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