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Crossing Delancey 1988


A contemporary New York comedy about Isabella, a single independent woman who is caught in a romantic quandary when her grandmother hires a Jewish matchmaker to find her a husband.

Amy Irving, Peter Riegert
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Joan Micklin Silver
Starring Amy Irving, Peter Riegert
Supporting actors Reizl Bozyk, Jeroen Krabbé, Sylvia Miles, George Martin, John Bedford Lloyd, Claudia Silver, David Hyde Pierce, Rosemary Harris, Suzzy Roche, Amy Wright, Faye Grant, Deborah Offner, Kathleen Wilhoite, Moishe Rosenfeld, Paula Laurence, Christine Campbell, Reg E. Cathey, Susan Blommaert
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on July 23, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
"Crossing Delancey," directed by Joan Micklin Silver, tells the story of Isabelle (also known as "Izzy"), a single Jewish woman who lives in New York City and works for a bookstore. Izzy's loving but meddling Bubbie (i.e. grandmother), upset that Izzy is still single, sees a matchmaker about finding Izzy a husband. Izzy soon finds her life complicated by the results of Bubbie's actions.
"Crossing" is a sweet, gentle, and marvelously funny film. As Izzy, Amy Irving gives a wonderfully likeable and full-bodied performance. She is fun to watch as Izzy navigates her way through awkward social and professional situations. Irving gets terrific support from the rest of the cast, which includes Peter Riegert as a romantic pickle vendor and Jeroen Krabbe as a writer. Sylvia Miles is hilariously over-the-top as the matchmaker, and Reizl Borzyk nearly steals the film as Bubbie. Borzyk has particularly great chemistry with Irving.
The film features great New York scenes, and the visuals are full of wonderful details (such as a priceless storefront ad for Kosher wine). The script makes effective use of the ethnic theme. This is a simple story, but told with warmth and intelligence. And the film does ask a serious question: what do you really think is important in a potential life partner? For a great companion film, try "Kissing Jessica Stein," another delightful New York/Jewish romantic comedy.
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"Crossing Delancey" is presumed at first a romance, and it is. Deeper than the romance is a search for meaning. This two-level movie is funny with an undercurrent of a genuine plot stronger than the usual romantic comedy.

Part of the ego-driven, superficial but pretentious New York literary scene, Isabelle Grossman brings together writers and other literati for soirees feting the personalities behind the books.

Isabelle, or Izzy, herself is not a writer, but feels she is important because of the names and numbers in her Rolodex. She works hard and late, only to go home to an empty apartment. Her only love is accommodating the occasional lonely nights of a friend who fights with his wife. She tolerates his affections in what amounts to be no more than a recurring one-night stand.

Although Izzy's emptiness surrounds her, she never notices it, not even when her grandmother has a matchmaker attempt setting her up with Sam, a neighbor bachelor. Unfortunately for Sam, her intentions are set on Anton, a dashing, but caddish author whose books are bestsellers. He only wants her to appease his desires, and has no love for her, but she is blind to his true intentions. She curtly rejects another date with Sam.

With a single romantic signal, Pickleman Sam, the man she pushed away in a matchmaking dinner now effectively woos her heart into confusion. He had noticed her years ago and now happily accepted the chance to be introduced by the matchmaker. When he tells her this, a spark is lit. He isn't the suave author she begs for, and his lifestyle is more simple than those whose books are reviewed in the New York Times. She fumbles opportunity after opportunity to connect with Sam, but he is patient.
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I fell in love with this wonderful movie when I originally saw it in the theatre, and my daughter has loved it from the age of 3.

Isabelle (Amy Irving) is a nice Jewish girl, but STILL unbearably single in the eyes of her Bubba, played by a loveable Reizl Boyzk. Bubba can't understand why Isabelle is content with being single and living in a "cage" of an apartment. She enlists the help of a hilariously over the top matchmaker played by Andy Warhol veteran Sylvia Miles, to find "Izzy's" ideal mate.

From there, Izzy, as bubba calls her, hesitantly accepts a meeting with Pickle stand owner Sam Posner. Sam is a charmingly likeable and attractive mensch of a guy, played by the wonderful, and rarely seen Peter Reigert ("Animal House", "Oscar" and Seinfeld's last episode). Over lunch at Bubbas, Isabelle ALMOST accepts the date, you can tell part of her sees that Sam IS special. However, she just can't get past her snobbish ideals to see past his "provincial" lifestyle and career to appreciate a man who is unpretentious and genuine.

After being used enough times by a good for nothing married boyfriend, then fixing up a less attractive friend with Sam, and finding herself extremely jealous, she begins to change her mind. The final shove to reality comes in the form of a phony womanizing french writer in town who Izzy idealizes, and gets used again. It is then that she finally opens her eyes and sees that Sam is as her bubbe (grandmother) would say, "good as gold".

This is one of the greatest love stories ever lensed, although it doesn't carry the same cache that many similar love stories such as "Moonstruck" do. Certainly not because it is undeserving of the status, but that's just Hollywood. The stars are not the big names, so less recognition here.
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Put mildly, this blows away 99% of the romantic comedies out there these days!

I rather enjoyed this story of how a beautiful, intelligent woman finds true love in the absolute LAST place one would ever think of looking. Amy Irving brings an amazing depth, realness and understanding of the struggles of old vs new ways to the character of Izzy, on the one hand, striving to be part of the literary world while taking care of her grandmother, perpetually trying to fix up Izzy old-world style (hiring a matchmaker played with hilarious sizzle by Sarah Miles). Izzy starts to fall for an arrogant self-absorbed author of trashy novels while the one who really can love her fully for who she is is right under her nose at the neighborhood pickle stand.

It's hilarious watching how Izzy is slowly convinced of Sam's (Peter Reigert) realness and genuine caring for her, and of course, Izzy waking up to the reality that her author wants nothing more than an administrative assistant he can sleep with. And even in the midst of all the laughs, the film comes across as EXTREMELY believable and lets you into the world of its characters and NEVER lapses into trashiness or crassness.

There are unique comic moments aplenty, like Izzy having "Some Enchanted Evening" sung to her while at a diner with her best girlfriend, the near-disastrous first encounters with Sam, and a hilariously harrowing taxi-ride (the driver is just learning how to drive while his mother talks him through it) that leads her back to true love.

In an era of lame special effects movies and actors that can't act to save their lives, "Crossing Delancey" is a breath of fresh air of believable characters that you can actually care about and have depth, excellent writing AND acting and brisk comedic pacing! Can't recommend it enough!
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