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Directed by Joan Micklin Silver

United States 1988 97 mins. In English

Filmmaker Joan Micklin Silver’s third feature, coming nine years after her second, is a slightly-pre-’90s rom-com of the highest order and one of her finest works. Adapted from Susan Sandler’s play, this charming tale follows Isabelle “Izzy” Grossman (Amy Irving), a soft-spoken Manhattan bookseller who, in classic fashion, remains single despite pining heavily for a famous and shallow writer who catches her eye. Izzy’s grandmother (Reizl Bozyk) has other ideas, setting her up with Delancey Street pickle shop owner Sam (Peter Riegert). The new-old dichotomy of this charming, funny love triangle grants Micklin Silver license to explore generational differences in-depth, and she emerges with a lovely spin on a well-worn genre.