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|Brighton Beach Memoirs|
Actors: Blythe Danner, Jonathan Silverman, Stacey Glick, Lisa Waltz, Judith Ivey
Director: Gene Saks
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Sports
BASED ON NEIL SIMON'S PLAY ABOUT A GULLIBLE JEWISH TEEN AND HIS WORKING-CLASS FAMILY IN 1937 BROOKLYN.
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A Comedy-Drama Masterpiece
David B. Isbell | San Diego, CA USA | 05/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Five stars for the story; four stars for the DVD only because I cannot fathom why - with all the advancing technology and options available - any DVD theatrical release would not be offered in a wide-screen format. Otherwise this has to be the best Neil Simon work I have ever seen. Although I am from a much newer generation, I could identify easily with many of the characters, both from similar personal experiences, and from the culture within which I was raised. I would highly recommend this film, but only to true drama fans (of any age) and to older generations who have lived the times portrayed in this delightful romp. There is mild adult content, so be wary if you allow your young teens to watch. This is one of those rare classics that never received the publicity it deserved on the big screen; but then it can only appeal to a certain audience. If you feel like going out on a limb and watching something different or you want to conjure up old memories of yester-year, then by all means watch this film and enjoy!"
Neil Simon's Trilogy Begins
Movie Mania | Southern Calfornia | 12/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Brighton Beach Memoirs is the beginning of Neil Simon's Eugene Jerome trilogy based on his youth.
Eugene Jerome (Jonathan Silverman in his film debut) is fifteen. He is hitting the puberty and can't control thinking of it. His goal in life is to be the first Jewish pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
But his mother (Blythe Danner) has other ideas for his future. His mother runs the house with an iron fist and guilt. His father (Bob Dishy) is working two jobs just to make ends meet. His older bother Stanley, has just lost his job for talking back to his boss.
Also living with the Jerome's is Blanche's invalid sister (Judith Ivey) and her two daughters. The older one Eugene has more than a passing crush on.
The main theme of this film is too many people living in too little room with too little money. In the end all conflicts arise from this.
This is Neil Simon at his most personal. The only problem is bad casting in the lead. Jonathan Silverman never captures Eugene's spirit. He just seems to be saying the lines and doesn't seem to understand what he is saying. Matthew Broderick created the role in Los Angeles and then Broadway and won a Tony Award. Silverman just doesn't have the comic timing to pull this difficult role off.
On the other side, Blythe Danner shines as Eugene's mother Blanche. Without having to tell the audience her problems, she makes them clear with her delivery. Judith Ivey, in an early role, shows the frailty of Blanche's sister.
This is a very good film and is good background for the excellent second installment Biloxi Blues. Unfortunately, as of today, the final part, Broadway Bound has not been released on DVD.
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Family Fun for all!
Leanne Edwards | Atlanta, GA | 11/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this movie. I had to watch it a few times to get the gist of it. But once I did, it became one of my top 10 cult classics. Jonathon Silverman is so funny. Just hearing Blythe Danner scream "Eugene" is enough to make me laugh. This is in the same category with "A Christmas Story" (about the BB gun). I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS MOVIE. NEIL SIMON IS A GENIUS. After you watch this movie, see the sequel "Biloxi Blues" with Matthew Broadrick."
A warm and funny portrayal
Scott Sartain | Manlius, NY USA | 07/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is, without a doubt, one of my favorites. I think the film is well cast, for the most part, and that the chemistry between Danner and Silverman was very genuine in terms of a mother-son relationship. The script is warm and funny and the sets were well done. All in all, I would say that this is a film that any fan of Niel Simon's work should have in their library."