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The new book 'I'll Have What She's Having' looks at what made Nora Ephron's three best films great

The new book 'I'll Have What She's Having' looks at what made Nora Ephron's three best films great

Romantic comedies aren’t for everybody. It takes a certain kind of person to watch “Pretty Woman” whenever they come across it on TV, argue that “Boomerang” is an overlooked classic, and make fun of Adam Sandler films but defend “The Wedding Singer” to the death. Today, thanks to films like “The Big Sick” and television shows like “The Mindy Project,” the rom-com is having a moment. But the case Erin Carlson makes in “I’ll Have What She’s Having” is solid: Nora Ephron reinvented and saved the genre with “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail.”

There’s no study that concludes the hows and whys people gravitate toward these kinds of films and shows....

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