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Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers

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Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Richard Dreyfuss, Mercedes Ruehl
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B-

With this domestic tragicomedy Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, (based on his award-winning play) Neil Simon moves beyond rosy autobiography into a larger, more compelling realism. Director Martha Coolidge (Rambling Rose) nicely captures the feel of a WWII-era New York City neighborhood, but key performances seem stranded between the stage and the screen. As a lovable gangster, Dreyfuss yuks it up as if he’s in a revival of The Prisoner of Second Avenue. And even though Tony winners Ruehl (as simpleminded Aunt Bella) and Irene Worth (as her ice-cold mother) re-create their stage roles, only Woeth downsizes her character effectively. B-

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