Crossing Delancey

1988 PG 1h 37m DVD

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Crossing Delancey

1988 PG 1h 37m DVD
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Try as she might, career woman Izzy Grossman (Amy Irving) can't escape her family's good intentions. She's a single gal with good friends and a great job, but her loving grandmother (Reizl Bozyk) is convinced that Izzy needs a man to be happy. Enter pickle vendor Sam (Peter Riegert), a local nice guy who just can't seem to win Izzy's heart. Jeroen Krabbé co-stars as Sam's competition, and Sylvia Miles appears as matchmaker Hannah Mandelbaum.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Crossing Delancey is a warmhearted, engaging story of a young woman falling in love in 1980s Manhattan. It's as much about New York City as it is about Izzy Grossman. From the hallowed cubbies of one of the last independent book stores on the Upper West Side, with its poetry readings, self-absorbed writers, and eager young intellects, to the kosher kitchens, outspoken busybodies, and loving arms of an aging grandmother in a Lower East Side Jewish neighborhood, Izzy struggles to balance her own diversity. There's no overt sexuality; expect some kissing and foreplay as well as light sexual themes, references, and comic banter (infidelity and seduction included). Two young women are seen in bras and panties and later wearing towels in a sauna. A sprinkling of salty language ("hell," "a--hole," "balls," "schmuck") is heard. Characters drink adult beverages (wine, schnapps) in social settings; Izzy gets tipsy in one scene. A woman breastfeeds an infant (breast is covered) and a Jewish bris (traditional circumcision in the home) is held; the procedure is offscreen. Fine for teens and anyone else who enjoys a fairy tale romance about an independent woman determined to "have it all."

Sexual Content

Heroine is involved in an implied casual sexual relationship with a married man; they are seen in bed after a sexual encounter. Some comic sexual banter between two women in a steam room. Two young women are shown in sexy underwear and in a steam room wearing towels. Kissing and foreplay in a man's apartment is cut short.


Not applicable


"Hell," "a--hole," "balls," "schmuck."

Social Behavior

Values strong family connections, lasting friendships, hard work, and solid relationships. Advocates for finding beauty in goodness, integrity, and warmth rather than charm, status, and pretension.


Moët, Coffee Lite, Cherry Heering, Schapiro's Kosher Wine, Pappardella restaurant.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Wine and alcoholic beverages are served in social settings: bookstore party, dinner, poetry reading, at home. Heroine gets a little tipsy in one scene. Some characters smoke.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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