Crossing Delancey (1988)

JOAN MICKLIN SILVER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1988.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , based on her play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 1988.  

Intimate little romance sparkles thanks to heartfelt performances by  and the always riveting Amy Irving. She plays a single New Yorker whose grandmother keeps bothering her to find a man to love, even going so far as to set her up with some random undesirables through a matchmaker. Irving insists on not even paying attention to the idea of falling in love, preferring the company of her friends at her local bookstore, until her matchmaker’s irritating pick of a friendly pickle-maker (Riegert) suddenly starts to appeal to her. To say that it’s a real romance about real people is usually people’s way of saying ‘this movie is not sexy’, but in this case the natural sense of reality only makes everything seem more beautiful and meaningful.

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