Can an independent, contemporary woman find happiness with a guy who sells pickles? Isabelle Grossman (Amy Irving) is an attractive, intelligent Jewish woman in her early 30s. She has a good job and a nice apartment on the Upper West Side, and she values her independence; she often visits her grandmother Bubbie (Reiz Bozyk), who lives on the Lower East Side and wants Isabelle to meet a nice Jewish man and settle down. Bubbie goes so far as to obtain the services of Hannah Mandelbaum (Sylvia Miles), a matchmaker who finds the "perfect" man for Isabelle: a pickle salesman named Sam Posner (Peter Riegert). Isabelle thinks Sam is a nice enough guy, but she has a hard time imagining herself spending her life with the pickle man, and she isn't sure if she wants to pursue the relationship. However, Sam is taken with Isabelle and goes out of his way to change her mind. Crossing Delancy was directed by Joan Micklin Silver, whose breakthrough film Hester Street also examined Jewish culture on the Lower East Side, albeit from the vantage point of the 1890s. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
If you like or loved "The Diary of Bridget Jones", you'll really enjoy this movie. "Crossing Delancey" is a better movie for younger audiences than the movie to which it is compared. Both of the main characters are more down to earth. But the development of the relationship between the hero and the heroine is very endearing with a sweet ethnic twist. Nice surprises await you in this movie!
What a cute comedic romance movie. I enjoyed it immensly. It's certainly been underestimated in my view. I liked it better than Annie Hall. Amy Irving was very smart and absolutely adorable. All the supporting characters were also great fun to watch. Especially the Jewish ones. An extremely well written movie. A 'must see' for those who enjoy romance movies. And, pretty clean compared to some uglier romance movies. I enjoyed the music a lot, too. I also love movies that feature New York City life.
This is such a great slice of NY style, downtown style. I was in NY in 1986 when NY was just like this and I loved it! The movie is refreshing, unique, quirky and insane just like NY is with a diva popping in to the hole-in-the-wall hotdog spot (Nathan's?) singing "Some Enchanted Evening" to the struggling Bohemian bookstore to the Jewish older women's obsession with finding a suitable man for the successful and beautiful but aging (33) granddaughter. I've watched it over and over and rented it again and again. A memorable movie, even if you don't like pickles!