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"A funny movie about getting serious."

Isabelle “Izzy” Grossman is a thoroughly modern Jewish woman. Although she loves her grandmother dearly, the woman’s ideas about romance and marriage sometimes feel like a throwback to another century. Izzy wants to enjoy her independence and date nice men when she feels like it. Bubbie wants to set her up with someone for life.

That’s the set-up for Crossing Delancey, the 1988 romantic comedy directed by Joan Micklin Silver and starring Amy Irving as Izzy. Based on a play of the same name by Susan Sandler, Crossing Delancey explores the tensions and loves between the generations, especially looking into how those play out in a small Jewish community on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late twentieth century.

Part comedy and part tender romance, Crossing Delancey is a delightful mix of old-fashioned drama and contemporary sensibility, much like the subject matter it explores. Irving is a soulful heroine, more torn between the old ways and the new than she’d like to admit. Peter Riegert is the charmingly off-putting Sam Posner, who runs the pickle shop down the street. It’s an inherited family business, one that definitely keeps him with one foot in the old world that Bubbie still knows, so it’s small wonder that Bubbie tries to match up her granddaughter with the good-looking merchant. For a long time, Izzy can’t see any possibility of romance between the two of them, preferring to try to foist him off on a friend. By the time she finally sees the light, it’s almost too late.

The bouncy 80s soundtrack follows Izzy from home to work and home again, showing us her colorful world of extremes. David Hyde Pierce, who would later come into prominence as Niles Crane on Frazier, has a small but fun role as a co-worker at the posh bookstore where Izzy works.

| 1988 | 1 hr 37 min | 6.9/10
Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Reizl Bozyk, Jeroen Krabbé
Warner Home Video
Joan Micklin Silver

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