Keeping the Faith
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
We start with Father Brian Finn, Ed Norton, stumbling drunk and landing in an all night bar. He ends up telling the story to a world-weary bartender who claims to have heard it all. The bartender knew he had heard it all when it started with, "There's this Priest and a Rabbi..." Actually the story doesn't start there though.
Approximately 16 years early Brian Finn and Jacob Schram, two best friends, met their soul mate Anna Riley. She was the kind of girl all boys wanted to be around, cute but not too girlish. These three are never seen without each other. Disaster strikes 2 years later when Anna's father is moved across the country to New York. The three occasionally keep in touch through letters but think that their partnership is over.
We jump to the future where the two boys have taken interesting jobs. It seems Brian and Jake, Ben Stiller, have always had a calling and that calling was to preach the word. Brian has become a Priest and Jake is now a Rabbi. Both are the hottest things to hit their respective Church's and are shaking things up with contemporary ideas. They are even jokingly known in the streets as "The God Squad." They reach some opposition from the old-line members of their respective congregations however the increased numbers at each service is hard to argue with.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fun movie I enjoy the actors and had this movie on video and was wanting to watch it again I am glad I know have it on DVD.Published 3 days ago by sandra
This is a great movie that takes an interesting look at relationships and faith. I first watched it with my daughter when she was a teenager and it was a nice opening for... Read morePublished 22 days ago by JanG
This is such a fun, feel-good movie. I haven't seen a movie in the theaters like this in a really long time. Definitely one to see every 5-10 years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Debbie Buxer
A priest and a rabbi... sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it's this movie... I adore this movie - it's sweet, and funny, and the actors are great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne P. Mitchell
Entertaining flick; great cast. Worth watching; worth buying and adding to your entertainment library.Published 2 months ago by Howard S Simon
Great movie for a laugh. Also some very tender moments in the film! I would watch it over and over again!Published 3 months ago by MA Domenico
I have always liked this film - Ben and Edward nail their parts, there is humor, love, angst, faith, beautiful Jenna - it's a well done ride.Published 4 months ago by Irina Rachow