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CROSSING DELANCEY, 1988
Movie Review

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CROSSING DELANCEY MOVIE POSTER
CROSSING DELANCEY, 1988
Movie Reviews

Directed by Joan Micklin Silver
Starring: Amy Irving, Peter Riegert
Review by Liza Burns



SYNOPSIS:

Isabelle Grossman is a single 33 year old woman working at a highbrow bookstore on New York's Upper West Side. Organizing readings and intimate soirees for the literary elite. It is there that she meets the very handsome and very famous novelist Anton Maes, who fills her head with Confucius's words of ripe plums and such.

However Izzy's adorable grandmother 'Bubbie' has other ideas. She wants Izzy to find a nice Jewish man and settle down. With this in mind she arranges for a marriage broker to find her granddaughter the "perfect" man. Enter Sam Posner, the pickle salesman.

Mortified at the prospect of life with a man that sells pickles, Izzy too becomes matchmaker and sets an unwitting Sam up on a date with her friend Marilyn, enabling Izzy to pursue the sophisticated and brooding Anton.

But Sam does not give up that easy and head strong Izzy, soon finds out that she has a lot to learn, when it comes to love.

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REVIEW:

Crossing Delancey is a wonderful romantic comedy adapted by Susan Sandler from her play of the same name.

Set in Manhattan in the late 1980's, Izzy Grossman (Amy Irving) like most single women in her 30's, is busy carving out an independent life for herself. Her job is of the upmost importance to her. Spending time in the company of highly regarded, cultured, New York Times approved novelists, can't help but rub off on impressionable Izzy.

After a telephone misunderstanding Izzy finds herself having lunch with the dark and mysterious author Anton Maes (Jeroen Krabbe') who proceeds to flatter her and fill her head with seductive recitals.

But Izzy's moment of fantasy is short lived with Bubbie (Reizl Bozyk) hot on her heels - "A professor once said, a college professor, no matter how much money you got, if you're alone you're sick. You listen to me, loneliness is a very lousy case."

Bubbie is determined to instil some old fashioned Jewish values into Izzy's life and with the help of the overbearing matchmaker Mrs Hannah Mandlebaum (Sylvia Miles) - "Ya look, ya meet, ya try, ya see!" cackle cackle. They find just the man.

And so to keep Bubbie happy Izzy agrees to meet Sam for tea. The meeting lives up to Izzy's expectations. Sam (Peter Riegert) is down to earth and sincere but that isn't what Izzy is looking for. She informs Sam that this kind of arrangement isn't how she does things, it's not her style.

So a cunning plan takes place, set Sam up with her willing and eager friend Marilyn (Suzy Roche of The Roches) and everyone's happy, right?

Ok, so we maybe drawing to an inevitable conclusion here and I know for some that's just too much to bear. Hollywood have given us a few twists to the rom-com here and there - 'City of Angels' and 'Message in a bottle' to name a couple. Look there's nothing wrong in knowing where you're heading, it's whether it's worth the effort that counts.

Crossing Delancey is a wonderful, modern day, New York City fairy tale. With a strong underlying plot many films of the same genre lack. Sander's writing is delightfully warm and intelligently funny. Its tender rhythm carries you along at a gentle pace and the soundtrack supported by the dulcet tones of The Roches only adds to its charm.

If you loved 'Moonstruck' be prepared to adore 'Crossing Delancey' !!!

I give it a well deserved 4 out of a possible 5.

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