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Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 2 June 2006 (USA)
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A 13-year-old boy uses his upcoming bar mitzvah to reconcile the strained relationship between his father and grandfather.

Director:

Scott Marshall

Writer:

Mark Zakarin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daryl Sabara ... Benjamin Fiedler
Jami Gertz ... Joanne Fiedler
Jeremy Piven ... Adam Fiedler
Cheryl Hines ... Casey Nudelman
Marc John Jefferies ... Tim (as Marc John Jeffries)
Tom Hines ... Master of Ceremonies
Carter Jenkins ... Zachary Stein
Sandra Taylor ... Raylene Stein
Larry Miller ... Arnie Stein
Miranda Cosgrove ... Karen Sussman
Britt Robertson ... Ashley Grunwald (as Brittany Robertson)
DJ Quik DJ Quik ... Himself
Doris Roberts ... Rose Fiedler
Garry Marshall ... Irwin Fiedler
Sky Bear Aguilar Sky Bear Aguilar ... Native American Boy
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Storyline

In toney Brentwood, Benjamin Fiedler prepares for his bar mitzvah; trouble is, he understands neither its meaning nor the Hebrew, and his parents (particularly his successful-agent father) are planning the most lavish party possible. Benjamin wants his dad to give him some space, so he gets an idea: to invite his grandfather, who left the family years ago and for whom Benjamin's dad has an intense dislike, to come two weeks early. Thanks in part to grandpa - and to the immediate family's love - Benjamin may have a shot at figuring out what it means to be a man. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Something's not quite kosher.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some crude language, nudity and brief drug references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

2 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky 13 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$621,000, 14 May 2006

Gross USA:

$4,339,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,409,373
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut theatrical feature film directed by Scott Marshall. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Zachary is talking to Benjamin at Hebrew school about his fear of reading the Haftorah in front of a crowd, Zachary can be seen mouthing the words Benjamin is saying, "...cool up there at your Bar Mitzvah". See more »

Quotes

Irwin Fiedler: Haven't you ever done something wrong, Adam? Have you ever done anything that that was stupid, cowardly, selfish? Have you ever done anything that you just couldn't make right, no matter how hard you try?
Adam Fiedler: Of course. I'm an agent.
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Crazy Credits

In the first set of end credits, Mark John Jefferies is listed as a cast member, but in the final comprehensive set, he is listed as Marc John Jeffries. See more »

Connections

References SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) See more »

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Shine
Written by Matthew Gerrard (as M. Gerrard), Andy Stochansky (as A. Stochansky)
Performed by Andy Stochansky
Courtesy of Population 60 Records
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A feel good family movie...
20 December 2015 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I bought this movie because I saw that Darryl Hannah was in it, but sadly she has very little screen time. That being said, then this movie is still entertaining enough for what it was.

"Keeping Up With the Steins" is a movie about a boy's journey towards adulthood, roughly put. But it is also a movie about reconciling with the past and about forgiveness.

What worked out for the movie was the cast and how well they performed. The performance of Daryl Sabara (playing Benjamin), Jeremy Piven (playing Benjamin's dad) and Garry Marshall (playing Benjamin's grandfather) really carried the movie amazingly well, and they made it worth watching the movie.

Story-wise then "Keeping Up With the Steins" is adequate, but I am not overly familiar with Jewish customs and traditions, so how well the movie translates to real life I have no idea of.

However, this is the type of movie that you watch once, then am likely to never watch it again. The story and movie itself just doesn't have enough contents to sustain multiple viewings.

But labeled as a comedy, you should take into consideration that the laughs are few and far apart. I actually don't recall laughing at all. But still, it is the type of movie that will make you feel good.


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