About The Film
35th Anniversary Screening
In this beguiling, coming-of-age comedy, a Jewish teen recalls the hardships of puberty in the claustrophobic confines of his Depression-era Brooklyn household. The tumult is wryly narrated by Eugene (Jonathan Silverman, reprising his Broadway debut), an aspiring writer obsessed with baseball and sex. Meantime, his fusspot mother (Blythe Danner) and worn-out father (Bob Dishy) struggle with economic uncertainty. Can the working-class family overcome its problems and incessant squabbling as war looms on the horizon? Tony award winner Gene Saks directs the screen version of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play, the nostalgia of Stuart Wurtzel’s meticulous 1930s production design evocatively captured by John Bailey’s cinematography.