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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.

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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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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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Something's not quite kosher.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Director Scott Marshall had previously worked as an actor in a number of his father Garry Marshall's movies and television series episodes. Keeping Up with the Steins (2006) reversed this with father Garry Marshall acting in a film directed by his son Scott Marshall. See more »

Goofs

When Benjamin is reading his Haftorah at his Bar Mitzvah, he fails to say the required prayer that precedes it. Instead, he goes right into the Haftorah portion itself. See more »

Quotes

Irwin Fiedler: Well hello there, Mister nose-picker man!
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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 Queer Eye (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Hava Nagila
Traditional
Arranged by Neil Diamond and Alan E. Lindgren (as Alan Lindgren)
Performed by Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond appears courtesy of Sony BMG Music
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The Child is The Father of The Man
25 June 2006 | by deanofrppsSee all my reviews

This endearing movie is a coming of age film in an upper upper middle class family in a Jewish neighborhood in LA. Meet Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) age 13. Ben has reached the age where he undergoes the bar mitzvahs ritual to mark the entrée to adulthood. Of course his friend Zachary Stein (Carter Jenkins)who precedes Ben warns "this doesn't mean you can drink or drive a car.

The Stern family threw a lavish affair with a movie theme based upon the Titanic. Ben's dad Adam Fielder decides the Fielders must outdo the splendor of the Sterns by renting out Dodger Stadium. Adam Fielder (Jeremy Piven) is not a little sore that his own bar mitzvahs was a subdued affair and that his father Irwin Fiedler (Garry Marshall) deserted the family.

Religion and the meaning of the rite has taken a back seat to the planning of an extravagant event. Enter grandpa Irwin who arrives a week early. As Dad bristles with a contempt grandma Rose (Doris Roberts) cannot bring herself to bear, grandpa with his ding-a-ling left-over hippie girlfriend Sacred Feather sets up his rusty RV on the driveway depreciating the property values.

Can Ben and Grandpa Irwin set the ceremony back on track?

There is an excellent performance of Richard Benjamin as Rabbi Schulberg.

While there is a gratuitous nudie scene when grandpa goes skinny dipping in the Fielder's pool with Sacred Feather, the film is excellent family comedy which speaks to a universal theme, the importance of simplicity and the eloquence of understatement. It is too bad more films are not made in this spirit.


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