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Simply pals: Does ‘the intercourse half’ all the time destroy platonic friendships?

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In the movie When Harry Met Sally, the question is raised of whether straight men and women can have platonic friendships. At the beginning of the film, Harry claims this is not possible because “the sex part gets in the way” and Sally disagrees.

This discussion is explored through the film’s narrative, which revolves around the two characters negotiating the terms of their relationship at different stages of their lives. It ends with the protagonists getting married. Harry appears to have won the argument with the movie’s Hollywood happy ending.

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