The Movie ' The 1989 Romantic Comedy ' Essay

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The 1989 romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally, follows two characters over the course of 10 years who grapple with the central question, “Can men and women ever just be friends?” The pair is at odds with each other while Sally believes it is possible for men and women to be friends and Harry believes sexual attraction always interferes with cross-sex friendships. This question becomes more difficult to answer as Harry and Sally’s bond becomes closer and they are confused on the nature of their own relationship to one another—are they friends or is there something more between them? This film can be applied to the concepts of cross-sex friendships, self-disclosure, and deescalating relationships while also taking into consideration verbal, nonverbal, and interpersonal communication. Cross-sex friendships are those between male and female; however, these friendships are “sometimes a challenge because of underlying sexual attraction” as stated by Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond in the textbook Interpersonal Communication. In addition, Harry also shares this sentiment when he says “…men and women can 't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way” (Beebe 321). The book clarifies that although there may be underlying sexual attraction, “it is reduced when there is a commitment to developing and maintaining the relationship as friends” (322). This was not necessarily the case with Harry and Sally. Through relationship talk, which is “talk about the nature, quality,…

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