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Back in the day I taped this off HBO and our family watched it over and over. Funny and heartwarming. This was Jonathan Silverman's debut and he is great as the teenage Jewish kid growing up in Brooklyn in the years before WWII. The family deals with their personal conflicts and social issues, but there isn't anything preachy about the message. The ensemble cast turns in a wonderful performance and the writing is, well, Neil Simon. Translated beautifully on the big screen.
Love this movie! The first movie in the set of Neil Simon movies, sometimes called the Eugene Series, this is the best one. Eugene Jerome is such a funny kid! All the characters in this movie are fabulous and memorable. I can watch this over and over! I must say that even though Matthew Broderick plays Eugene in Biloxi Blues (2nd in series), and he is a bigger star, Jonathan Silverman will always be Eugene Jerome to me!
Neil Simon is one of the greats and this explains why. He wasn't as prolific as Woody Allen but he hits it out of the ball park every single time. He was an innovator and ahead of his time with this piece--utilizing techniques of straight to camera and faux documentary that we take for granted now. I've seen this a dozen times and it never loses its humor, poignancy and a certain sad nostalgia for a bygone era that is done without an ounce of sentimentality. The key scene between Blanche and her daughter Nora is dead on now and probably will be forever, because great writing transcends time. These are people experiencing the basic human things we all experience and that is what makes Simon one of the greats.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2014
I have watched Brighton Beach Memoirs many times on tv. Takes place during WWII. It takes us back to the times when earning a living was hard and in this case even harder for the Jerome family because a sister-in-law and her two daughters lived with the Jeromes because she was a widow. The antics of Eugene, the younger Jermone son, are comical. The father works at a job cutting out raincoats and selling party favors. Then he loses both jobs and depends on the older brother Stanley to help out but Stanley has lost his job until he makes a written apology to his boss. Then the father has a heart attack but survives. The mother is constantly sending Eugene to the store for small purchases such as one stick of butter or one pound of sugar. Eugene makes his funny comments which could be considered backtalk but it's done in a funny way. The older son repairs the radio so the dad can listen to the news because he is fearful of his relatives making it out of Poland safely. In the end a lot of the problems are worked out and everyone is happy because the relatives are coming to New York and they start making plans about where everyone will sleep. Bob Dishy,Blythe Danner,Judith Ivey, Jonathan Silverman are the actors I most remember but all the actors involved did a really good job. I would recommend this movie. Also this movie is close captioned which was very important for me.
This was our first viewing of the three Neil Simon Trilogies based on his life. My wife and I greatly enjoyed it. We watched it the first time in the privacy of our home without anyone else with us. When we took it to some lady friends home to share it with them, The 60 year old was offended by some of the subject matter, but overall enjoyed it we think, and the other friend in her who is 69 really enjoyed it and laughed most of the way through the movie. I gave it a four star instead of the five I really wanted to give it, because the movie does have some subject matter that is of human nature but yet offensive to some people. For that reason, I would not recommend it to be viewed by small children or youth.
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Combined families and their funny problems and quirks, humorous situations, and memories of shortages and conserving to make ends meet. Teen comming of age problems and Eugene's handling of them. All these make a very funny and entertaining movie. I think all would enjoy this very personal look at the way people lived near the end of the depression and early prewar 40's and how they coped with situations in their lives that arose. It is similar to the movie, Woody Allen's, "Radio Days." If you like family situation comedy, you will like this movie.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2012
Bought this as well as Biloxi Blues (the follow up) as I enjoyed them when they were shown on tv. Based on Neil Simon's life this is a sweet funny film showing life as it was for Neil Simon growing up from an adolescent to adult. Highly recommend.