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Throwback Thursday- Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

There are some writers who are so iconic and so memorable, that it only takes a short time for the reader or the audience to figure out who the writer is.  Neil Simon is one of those writers.

In 1986, one of his plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs, was made into a movie.

Eugene Morris Jerome (Jonathan Silverman) is a teenage boy living in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn before World War II. His house is rather crowded. In addition to his parents and elder brother, his widowed aunt and cousins share what is already a small house.  Years later, as an adult, he is telling his story looking back on his days as a young man.

What I enjoy about this movie is that there is a universality of being a teenage boy or girl and the growth spurt, emotionally and physically that we all go through during those years. There is also an innocence to this story. While the characters have lived through the Great Depression, they do not know that World War II is just on the horizon.

I recommend it.

 

 

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