Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1988. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Susan Sandler, based on her play. Cinematography by Theo van de Sande. Produced by Michael Nozik. Music by Paul Chihara. Production Design by Dan Leigh. Costume Design by Rita Ryack. Film Editing by Rick Shaine. Golden Globe Awards 1988.
Intimate little romance sparkles thanks to heartfelt performances by Peter Riegert 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.