On the 25th anniversary of Nora Ephron's impeachable rom-com classic, When Harry Met Sally..., we want to celebrate not Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan's Harry and Sally, but Carrie Fisher and the late Bruno Kirby's Marie and Jess. Calling them the "other" couple in the movie feels incorrect to the point of insult. They're the better couple in the movie.
While Harry and Sally are bickering about the nature of relationships between men and women and trying to negotiate their friendship, Jess and Marie share some of the sweetest, subtlest moments in the entire film. Sure, they aren't the most fully developed characters. They do occupy the secondary "best friend" roles in the movie, and we know little about their histories, though we have slightly more info on Marie, who at one point dates a married man and has a rolodex [EDITOR'S NOTE: Ask your grandparents. — JR] of guys she uses to try to find a set up for Sally.
Marie and Jess, like the interview subjects interspersed throughout the film, are the couple Harry and Sally should be emulating. Their courtship is an intellectual love-at-first-sight scenario. Marie quotes an article Jess wrote—"restaurants are to people in the '80s what theater was to people in the '60s"— and they quickly develop a mutual respect for one another and ditch their friends (who are supposed to be their dates) to go home together.