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Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to and admires. He goes through the hardships of puberty, sexual fantasy, and living the life of a poor boy in a crowded house. Written by
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When Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" play was launched on Broadway, Simon had another play, "Actors and Actresses" playing in an out-of-town tryout and a penned feature film Max Dugan Returns (1983) in national cinema release. See more »
I think I'm in love with her.
Well forget it, she's your cousin!
What's wrong with being in love with your cousin?
Because it's against the laws of nature! You can't marry your first cousin, you'll get babies with nine heads!
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This is a gently amusing coming-of-age comedy that comes from the later, more mature period of Neil Simon's writing. Although there are plenty of wisecracks to go around, this is not one of those Neil Simon pieces where every character spouts out one-liner jokes for 2 hours like they're guest stars on a Bob Hope special. There are also dramatic elements (some work, some are overkill) that lend some weight to the story.
The performances are good across the board, especially Blythe Danner as the mother (although she and Judith Ivey were oddly WASP-ish choices to play Jewish women). I've never been a fan of Jonathan Silverman, but I will say that he hits the right notes as the obnoxious, gawky, and totally horned-up teen-age narrator/protagonist of the story.
The movie is very similar in tone to Woody Allen's "Radio Days," but the latter is far more imaginative and funny than this one.
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