Brighton Beach Memoirs
Gene Saks directs this film adaptation of Neil Simon's hit play, starring Jonathan Silverman as Eugene, a Jewish teenager sharing very cramped quarters with his loud, nosy and loving family in Depression-era Brooklyn. Both touching and laugh-out-loud funny, the film co-stars Blythe Danner and Bob Dishy as Eugene's parents, with Lisa Waltz as cousin Nora, the source of many of Eugene's adolescent fantasies and frustrations.
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- Gene Saks
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Brighton Beach Memoirs is a funny and poignant portrayal of the awkwardness of adolescence that is probably best for teens and up. Although there's no violence and very few references to alcohol and smoking, masturbation and sex are central themes in the movie, and characters swear at a few points ("s--t" and one "f--k"). Overall it has ample examples of positive messages and role models and shows a positive portrayal of what it's like to go through puberty.
- Sexual Content
- Although the only actual breasts shown are in a National Geographic magazine, there's a lot of talk about sex and masturbating. As Eugene struggles through puberty, he's obsessed with boobs, the "golden palace of the Himalayas," and seeing his cousin Nora and his attractive older neighbor naked. There are some frank talks about sex and masturbating with his older brother, who assures him that "everyone whacks off," even their father.
- Not applicable
- "S---t" is used a few times, and "f--k" is used once.
- Social Behavior
- The importance of providing for and taking care of your family is strongly brought home by all the characters. Even though they all make mistakes, they discover that family forgives.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- People are shown smoking in a pool hall in one scene, but only the bad guys are shown smoking, not the main characters. Mr. Murphy is referred to throughout the movie as a drunk and is shown leaving a bar intoxicated. But negative consequences are shown for his behavior, and drinking is strongly frowned upon by the main characters.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it