Keeping Up With The Steins
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Providing nonstop laughs in the tradition of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Keeping Up With The Steins features an all-star cast including Jeremy Piven, Jami Gertz, Daryl Sabara, Garry Marshall, Daryl Hannah, Cheryl Hines and more!
All hilarity breaks loose in this heartwarming coming-of-age comedy when three generations of Fiedlers collide in a crazy family reunion. As they prepare for the biggest Bar Mitzvah on the block, they begin to see that they're much more alike than they'd originally thought.
Top Customer Reviews
Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) and his parents Adam and Joanne (Jeremy Piven, Jami Gertz), who live in Brentwood, CA, attend an over-the-top Titanic-themed Bar Mitzvah given by Arnie Stein (Larry Miller) for his son. Adam, a Hollywood agent, determined to "blow away the Steins", hires an event planner to plan a blockbuster event held at Dodger Stadium. Benjamin, overwhelmed and confused over what a Bar Mitzvah means anyway, decides to deflate his father's bluster by secretly inviting Adam's father Irwin (Garry Marshall), who left Adam's mother Rose (Doris Roberts) decades ago. Irwin arrives in his RV with his free-spirited girlfriend Sacred Feather (Darryl Hannah), two weeks early according to Benjamin's doctored invitation. Adam complains, "My driveway has become a trailer park!"
This film boasts of a good roster of supporting character actors, including Marshall, Roberts, Miller, and Richard Benjamin as the rabbi. The man portraying the Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher was as cute as all out. Although this movie surely wasn't intended as a primer for Bar Mitvahs, the film shows scenes of the class, as well as Irwin's attempts to deepen Benjamin's understanding of the ceremony. I wish the film had explored the religious and spiritual questions even further, but this isn't The Chosen.
I don't think this film overindulges in Jewish stereotypes, though that's not for me to say.Read more ›
The first scene involves a wealthy family celebrating their sons Bar Mitzvah with a Titanic theme and a titanic expenditure to match. Now the Fiedler family feels they have to live up to the same hype. It's a cute story line about family coming together and not always getting along but it obviously works out well in the end as you'd expect.
I really liked this - I think it's a movie that people of all faiths can enjoy. It's got some great moments in it and some good laughs too. Look out at the end for a surprise performance from an amazing famous Jewish male singer staring as himself. I love it and hope you do too.
But when Benjamin secretly invites his estranged hippie grandfather to the bar mitzvah two weeks early, things take an interesting turn. Over the course of the film, Benjamin develops a bond with his grandfather and begins to understand the true meanings of bar mitzvah and manhood and maturity.
So does Benjamin's father. He learns that becoming a Bar Mitzvah (son of the commandment) is not about having a huge party and outdoing the Steins, it's about becoming emotionally and spiritually mature, something that finally begins to happen to him at his own son's bar mitzvah. In a way, the father also becomes a son of the commandment at the same time his son does.
This is one of the better movies I've seen in a while, much more good natured and heartwarming than most Hollywood offerings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gary Marshall and Jeremy Piven are great but Doris Roberts steals the movie. A sweet family movie. Can't go wrong with this one.Published 2 months ago by DLDC
I love this movie. We have probably watched it 30 times but we always laugh. Timeless classic!!!!Published 2 months ago by Debra J Both
Gary Marshall's son, Scott delivers this gift. The father son commentary alone is worth the purchase of this DVD. This movie is A Classic! Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. R. Thomas
Funny and heartwarming take on the wacky world of upscale Bar Mitzvah's. The cast: Garry Marshall, Jeremy Piven,Doris Roberts and the always funny Cheryl Hines, is terrific.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent movie about a young Jewish boy's coming of age, and his attempt to have his father and grandfather forgive one another and come together for his celebration becoming a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer