Lost in Yonkers1991
Lost in Yonkers
Directors: Gene Saks
Writers: Neil Simons
Cast: Jamie Marsh, Irene Worth , Mercedes Ruehl, Kevin Spacey, Lauren Klein, Danny Gerard and Mark Blum.
Lost in Yonkers is a coming-of-age tale that focuses on Jay Kurnitz, left in the care of his grandmother and Aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York. Jay's father, Eddie, works as a traveling salesman to pay off debts incurred following the death of his wife. Distraught Jay is also called upon to raise his younger brother Arty. Grandma is a severe, frightfully intimidating German Jewish immigrant who terrified her children as they were growing up, damaging each of them to varying degrees. Bella is a sweet, but mentally retarded and highly excitable woman who longs to marry an usher at the local movie house so she can escape the oppressive household and create a life and family of her own. Jay's uncle Louie is a small-time, tough-talking hoodlum, while his aunt Gert suffers from a breathing problem which is more psychological than physical. Jay must spend a year in the midst of the turmoil throughout the household. He encourages Bella to stand up to Grandma. When she does so, she moves away from Yonkers, leaving Jay and Arty in the house to put up with Grandma's abuse alone. Emotionally drained, Jay must come to terms with his life in Yonkers. Bella eventually returns, prepared to face her mother as an equal. Missing much of the sentimentality of other Simon plays, Lost in Yonkers climaxes with a dramatic confrontation that creates a permanent fissure in Jay and his highly dysfunctional family.