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When Harry Met Sally is All About Mansplaining, And It's Really Obvious

Updated 19 Apr 2019 518 votes 131 voters 3.4k views11 items

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When Harry Met Sally is a near perfect rom-com. Penned by undisputed romantic comedy queen Nora Ephron, this movie is often held up as one of the best movies of the '80s and the gold standard of the genre. It's funny, it's sweet, and it's actually romantic. It's the movie that launched a thousand reenactments of the infamous "I'll have what she's having" scene. But there's just one tiny thing that keeps it from being flawless: When Harry Met Sally is pretty sexist.

There's no way around it. When Harry Met Sally is all about mansplaining. There are plenty of annoying moments in When Harry Met Sally that become all too clear upon rewatching. Harry doesn't think men and women can be friends, and he spends nearly every scene talking over Sally and belittling her life. Sure, they have a prickly, opposites-attract type of chemistry, but who would want a relationship with someone who basically considers women aliens?

How much mansplaining in When Harry Met Sally is there? Way, way more than you thought.

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