Lost in Yonkers


Lost in Yonkers (1993)



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Set in New York during World War II, Martha Coolidge's film adaptation of Neil Simon's award-winning play stars Mike Damus and Brad Stoll as Arty and Jay, teenage brothers who are shipped off to live with their stern grandmother (Irene Worth), their mobster uncle (Richard Dreyfuss) and their eccentric aunt (Mercedes Ruehl).

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Critic Reviews for Lost in Yonkers

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

The pic seems too calculating and doesn't have the same stunning effect as the play.

Jan 25, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A good example of fleshing out a single set play into a film would be Steel Magnolias...Yonkers just doesn't pull it off.

Mar 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Mercedes Ruehl's exuberent performance gives this family drama its staying power.

Jul 12, 2003 | Full Review…

Not that bad, but seems a bit lost.

Apr 30, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

It's an enjoyable picture, well-cast and carefully 'opened up' from its stage roots.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lost in Yonkers

Lost in Yonkers is a terrific exemple of a dramatic Neil Simon.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Two young boys spend a coming-of-age season in the home of their paternal grandma; that's what Neil Simon's story pretends to be about, but only blink and beneath that is a reworking of nothing less than "Now Voyager" and its redemptive telling of a child blossoming from under the restrictive wings of an unloving parent. Pretty engaging stuff, with Mercedes Ruehl doing a phenomenal job in Bette Davis' sizeable shadow.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This film is one of my guilty pleasures. I love it but I'm not sure I want the rest of the world to know that. I've seen this picture several times and I never tire of the performances. Dreyfuss is exceptional, Mercedes Ruehl is WONDERFUL, but its the younger actors, Brad Stoll and Mike Damus, that steal the show. It might not be great cinema but it sure is fun to watch.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


The play version is better, but Neil Simon did a good job making this screenplay and the casting was great. The actors are excellent in this flick.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

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