Keeping The Faith
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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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Ya got to see this one if you haven't. It's not a typical rabbai, priest with a comedy twist at all. You'll love it. It's about Keeping the Faith.
Ben Stiller is more or less Ben Stiller, with a few moments of actual minimal dramatic moments which he carries off quite well. Jenna Elfman is beautiful, lively, and has a long career ahead of her...on television. Ann Bancroft plays a less serious version of the same "Jewish Mother" she played opposite Harvey Fierstein in "Torch Song Trilogy", and she is absolutely adorable, as always. It was an added treat to see the brilliant director, Milos Foreman, grace the screen as the wise old mentor to the young priest played by Edward Norton. And as his counterpart at the Temple, Eli Wallach is charming as the soon-to-be retired Rabbi giving counsel to renegade Rabbi Jake. However, my favorite in this assorted pool of talent was Ron Rifkin, as the Temple President eager to boot Ben Stiller from the Bimah and Temple.
Due to his immense talent, show-biz connections & charming personality Edward Norton was able to assemble a terrific cast for his directorial debut. And for a freshman filmmaker he did a good job...a solid B+. I have no doubt Mr. Norton will someday make other films and it will be fun to compare them to his debut in this comic romp.
FYI: If you are looking for a serious discussion of religion, interfaith dating, etc., seek out a spiritual leader, or a library, not a romantic-comedy DVD.
"That's easy: Anna Riley, in eighth grade."
Keeping the Faith is a really sweet and funny film about a rabbi, a priest, and a hot and successfull business woman who get together again for the first time since 8th grade, when they were best friends all three of them. As you can imagine, the faith issues, the friendship, and the fact that they all now have adult desires makes for a messy story, but a lot of fun.
The reason I review it on this site is simple: Jenna Elfman. In short, she is not only cool, she is also HOT. The clincher is the extra scene, cut from the film but made it onto the DVD's bonuses, of Jenna (Anna) and her vibrating cell phone. I don't recall having seen a scene before that was both funny and so sexy I could hardly sleep after. Get the DVD if you can.
Favorite quote: "I know what an intimate relationship you have with your cell phone, and I thought I'd get in on the action."
They both end up falling for the girl, who has grown up has grown up to be a strong and attractive woman.
One guy is a priest and one is a rabbi, which creates an interesting set of circumstances.
I like the actors, the excellent dialog, and the camera work; the close-ups.
And, of course, I love Jenna Elfman, as the leaving lady.
If you like romantic drama/comedies, you may like this.
I kept watching it until my 3 day rental was up.