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Beau Jest


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Crowd Pleasing and well honed ensemble --Miami Herald

About the Actor

Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Robyn Cohen (Fools Gold), Seymour Cassel ( The Toyal Tenenbaums-It Could Happen to You), Tony Daly (Pearl Harbor, Dodgeball), Willie Garson (Fever Pitch-Sex in the City).

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lainie Kazan, Seymour Cassel, Robyn Cohen, Willie Garson, Tony Daly and Greg Cromer.
  • Directors: James Sherman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Halestone Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002L3N98E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 15, 2009
The plot has the feeling of being a pastiche of 1930s - 40s screwball comedies. Kindergarten teacher Sarah Goldman (Robyn Cohen) has Jewish parents who incorporate every stereotype that has appeared in a movie or novel since the beginning of time. Sarah has fallen in love with Chris, who isn't Jewish. Lainie Kazan plays Sarah's mother - and totally steals the show.

Sarah hires an actor, a gentile, to play Dr. David Steinberg, her new boyfriend and brings him to meet her parents. Greg Cromer plays Bob Schroeder (sp?) a/k/a Dr. Steinberg.

Well you know how these boy-girl things develop. You've got Chris, the boyfriend Sarah wants to hide; Bob, the imitation doctor, whom the parents fall in love with . . . and . . . well you can guess.

It is romantic. It is funny. It is lightweight, well done and thoroughly enjoyable. And the movie belongs to Lainie Kazan, though the entire cast performs well. It is her movie.

Jerry
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Grippo on September 7, 2009
If you like romantic comedies, you will love BEAU JEST, which writer-director James Sherman has adapted from his long running off Broadway play of the same name. At a screening I caught of the film at a Chicago movie theater last year, the audience laughed almost non stop at Sherman's witty dialog and the sparkling performances of his cast.

The premise is clever: Sara Goldman's parents want her to marry a Jewish boy, but she's really in love with a Gentile. To get her parents off her back, she hires an actor she believes to be Jewish to pose as her boyfriend. Too late she discovers that the actor is also a Gentile, and the closest he has ever come to being Jewish is appearing in a production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. But, when Sara's parents fall for the masquerade and decide the actor would be their ideal son in law, that's when the fun really begins.

You don't have to be Jewish --- I'm Gentile - to enjoy BEAU JEST anymore than you have to be Jewish to enjoy --- well, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Sara dilemma is universal: being true to yourself while pleasing your parents. Everyone can identify with Sherman's themes and his characters. That's why BEAU JEST is so much fun from beginning to end. This is a must own DVD and I intend to buy it as soon as it is released.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dvd man on October 30, 2010
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Beau Jest is a light hearted comedy that is a pleasure to watch. No sex, no car chases, no special effects, no filthy language and no violence. Can it still be a good movie to watch? You bet! It works well when staged as a play or done as a movie because the basic premise is still there.... lying to someone, so as not to hurt them, but then realizing that the truth is usually best (though difficult to come out with). I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to laugh and enjoy seeing what love can do ... make us lie so as not to hurt. Love at First Lie! Yes, but only because she loved her parents! Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thelmama on February 27, 2012
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We really enjoyed this clean movie and wish there would be more like it... it was actually educational to us a bit to learn about the Jewish faith in a respectful way... We recommend this movie...
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I always get a little frustrated by a premise based on deception and all the conflict that results, but the story is light and the characters are fun. A good chick flick. There is no swearing or inappropriate behavior which is always refreshing!
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By Kim Sessions on December 19, 2012
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There are only a few books/movies which makes me smile and laugh. This is one of them. I have been to several plays in the Mesa, Arizona area which produce this story. It is a classic!!!!
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