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Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

Keeping Up with the Steins

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

May 12, 2006 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

99 min.

Studio

Miramax Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Scott Marshall

Producer

Mark Zakarin, A.D. Oppenheim, David Scharf

Screenwriter

Mark Zakarin

Starring

Story


Like the young Indian braves of long ago, Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is about to undergo aninitiation rite that will take him from boy to man. But rather than face the perils of the hunt, he must endure something far worse--a Bar Mitzvah in Brentwood, California.

It's not enough that Benjamin must stand in front of a Temple full of strangers chanting Hebrew, alanguage he doesn’t understand. He must also cope with the efforts of his parents, Adam (Jeremy Piven) and Joanne (Jami Gertz), to splurge on a party-to-end-all-parties, a mega bash where the Bar is more important than the Mitzvah and a Jewish Star means Neil Diamond.

Above all, the Fiedlers must surpass the "Titanic"-themed Bar Mitzvah given by Adam's rival agent, Arnie Stein (Larry Miller). With his circus-sized celebration, Arnie has thrown down the gauntlet. For the highly competitive Adam, the war is on!

But when Adam's father Irwin (Garry Marshall), now a gray-haired hippie, and his spacey youngergirlfriend (Daryl Hannah) arrive in their broken down camper, the Fiedler's plans are thrown intodisarray.

Every family has their own dysfunction and neuroses and the Fiedlers are certainly no exception. Despite this, they ultimately realize that family is the most precious bond that can't be broken (but it can be bent out of shape at times).

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..an endearing portrayal of familial lunacy that ought to charm as many Smiths as it will Steins..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
“..a sweet, humorous, touching family comedy, warm and fuzzy and schmaltzy both to a fault and to a chuckle..”
by Bill Wine [KYW Newsradio]
“..a fresh and lovable comedy..”
by Roger Ebert [Chicago Sun-Times]