Lost In Ambition

TITLE: NEIL SIMON'S LOST IN YONKERS

DIRECTOR: MARTHA COOLIDGE

WRITER: NEIL SIMON

THE BOTTOM LINE: An airless adaptation of a hit play overexposes its flaws.

One mean mother (Irene Worth); her 36-year-old daughter (Mercedes Ruehl), ! whom the mother has contrived to keep in a state of childish dependency; and a rebel son (Richard Dreyfuss), who has become a gangster: confine just these three most colorful members of the Kurnitz family in a small space (the apartment above Mom's candy store in Yonkers, circa 1942), and claustrophobia begins to itch at one's soul. Add a couple of lively boys, Jay and...

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