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Keeping the Faith (2000)

Ben Stiller , Edward Norton , Edward Norton , Anastas Michos  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Jenna Elfman, Anne Bancroft, Eli Wallach
  • Directors: Edward Norton, Anastas Michos
  • Writers: Stuart Blumberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXHG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Keeping the Faith" on IMDb

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Audio Commentary With Director/Producer Edward Norton And Writer/Producer Stuart Blumberg

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Ben Stiller (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS), Jenna Elfman (EdTV), and Edward Norton (FIGHT CLUB) star in KEEPING THE FAITH, a sexy romantic comedy so fresh and funny, you'll fall head over heels in love! Jake Schram (Stiller) and Brian Finn (Norton) are single, successful, extremely popular guys who have been best friends since, well, forever. They are about to be reunited with their other best childhood buddy -- the feisty, lanky tomboy, Anna (Elfman). Anna has grown into a high-powered workaholic beauty whose reentry into their lives turns this old circle of friends into a love triangle -- a very complicated one at that, because Jake's a rabbi and Brian is a priest. But have faith -- this gem is going to steal your heart.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Triangle Comedy That WORKS! October 18, 2000
Format:DVD
'Keeping the Faith' is one of the funniest, smartest, warmest comedies of the last several years, and marks a wonderful directorial debut for costar Edward Norton. It works on many levels; as a loving look at relationships, on the common ground Judaism and Catholicism shares in compassion towards people, in embracing love, no matter what obstacles might arise...and it does all this while respecting different religions, which makes this a very unique and special film!
Norton and Ben Stiller play lifelong friends, who, as children, meet a fabulous, funny girl who they bond with. After she moves away, the two grow up, becoming a priest and a rabbi...then the girl returns, as a successful businesswoman, and the friendship is renewed...until romance enters the picture!
Each character is unique and likeable; Norton is a sweet, funny klutz, endearing in his awkwardness; Stiller is compassionate and quick-witted, dealing with his Temple's matchmaking efforts with wry humor; Jenna Elfman (who has NEVER been lovelier onscreen) is both wise and vulnerable, and totally believable as a person both guys would fall in love with.
Major issues are addressed in the film (a Priest's vow of celibacy, interfaith marriages, religious discrimination), and are dealt with and resolved in such a positive, loving manner that you wonder why these issues ever BECOME problems! All this reflects well on Edward Norton, who shows remarkable sensitivity as both a cowriter and director!
The supporting cast is marvelous; Anne Bancroft is fabulous as Stiller's mother, Eli Wallach and Ron Rifkin, as a rabbi and synagogue leader, respectively, are equally good; director Milos Forman is terrific as Father Havel, Norton's mentor.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delving Deeper January 8, 2003
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I have a bone to pick with just about every movie critic in the known universe. Each and every one of them acts shocked and dismayed when a romantic comedy turns out to be *gasp!* predictible, and then they feel the need to make snide comments about the acting, the plot, the storyline...
What gets lost in all this is the fact that many highly intelligent people enjoy watching these movies because they are FUN. Even if I know (or think I know) how a movie will turn out in the end, I can still have FUN while I'm getting there. You know what fun is, right? It's that thing where you're happy and not uptight--you remove the stick from your butt for awhile and just ENJOY yourself. What a concept. And I was in the mood to enjoy myself one night, didn't want to think too deeply, so I decided to rent "Keeping The Faith."
Wow. I have to state here that I'm pretty wary of movies that portray "religious" people of any kind, because I'm sick and tired of stereotypes. Let me assure my fellow "religious" people: this movie doesn't wuss out. The catholic Priest isn't an uptight jerk, and he isn't a total saint. He's *shock" Edward Norton: a NICE GUY who feels called to his work and wants to make a difference. The Rabbi isn't some wise old guy who's used as a plot device to deliver either crucial advice or comic relief. Instead, he's Ben Stiller--a pretty nice younger guy who's torn between pleasing others and doing what's right for himself. The priest and the rabbi have been friends since childhood. When another childhood friend comes back into their lives after years of separation, they both fall in love with her. Oops.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, hip, and funny as hell! October 22, 2000
Format:DVD
This is a movie about a priest named Brian Finn (Edward Norton) and a rabbi named Jake Schram (Ben Stiller) in New York City. They're young, popular, down to earth, and are totally committed to their respective religions. Before that, when they were kids, there was this girl--a totally cool chick just like them, down to earth and decent. The three of them were like peas and carrots together but she had to move away, upsetting at first, but ultimately making Brian and Jake best friends by themselves. They're adults now, and she comes back to NYC to visit for business, and things get VERY interesting. If you've ever had the whole "is [s]he Jewish?" dilemna, you'll love this movie. Even if you haven't, this romantic comedy breaks all cliches and tells a most unique story. Ben Stiller and Edward Norton, if you're reading this, keep doing these kinds of movies! Pop some popcorn, invite your boyfriend or girlfriend over, and put on this movie! You'll love it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hit and miss comedy June 9, 2001
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Edward Norton's directorial debut, "Keeping the Faith" dishes out one of those plots that only Hollywood - in its desperation to bring a fresh approach to a stale genre - would ever dare to come up with. In this love triangle with a "twist," Ben Stiller, Edward Norton and Jenna Elfman portray a trio of best friends who grew up together on the streets of New York City, but who were separated in adolescence when Anna moved away with her family to California. The unique aspect of this particular triumvirate is that, while Anna has been away on the west coast forging a lucrative career in business for herself, Brian has become a priest and Jake has become a rabbi. Now all three are in their '30 and Anna has decided to pay her "buddies" a visit - a move that sets the story up for all the interpersonal and emotional complications that are practically de rigueur for a "Jules and Jim" scenario of this sort.
Given the rather incredible nature of the premise, "Keeping the Faith" still manages to generate some interest with the uniqueness of its religious context. Like most American movies that attempt to deal with issues of spirituality and religion, "Keeping the Faith" spends most of its time batting away at the edges of the topic rather than getting right in there and really opening up the subject for us. Indeed, very few commercial American films are even willing to tackle or explore in any great depth the role that religion and spirituality play in the lives of people, so we should at least give "Keeping the Faith" credit for trying. Of course, much of the tension in the film is supposed to be generated by the fact that one point of this triangle (the priest, Brian) has pulled himself out of the equation - or has he?
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Published 1 day ago by Sandra Lee Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
Good copy great oldie but goodie.
Published 2 days ago by MomsNeedLuv2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dialog. Wonderful
Great dialog. Wonderful, believable cast. It does a wonderful job of expressing religious differences and morals in a respectful and intelligent way. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Carolyn Quinn
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
A good movie. Funny and silly.
Published 26 days ago by Lilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, comforting rom-com
I love this movie :) Such a comforting classic - Ed Norton is always amazing! Funny and sweet.
Published 26 days ago by H. Kingston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies
Published 1 month ago by Candise Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun movie and bought it because I like it so much.
Published 1 month ago by Joan M. Slotnick
5.0 out of 5 stars I heart Ed
I like. Funny. Not as funny as some but more funny then most. You should watch and love too k
Published 2 months ago by Felicia
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and well done.....
Humorous concept with good acting and nice cameos by a couple of the "old timers". A romantic comedy for the whole family with a great brotherly-love message.
Published 2 months ago by David S. Most
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite movies!
This movie is smart and funny ! A great cast, excellent soundtrack, and directed by Edward Norton! It's one of those movies I can watch again and again!
Published 3 months ago by Amyvptf
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