Keeping the Faith (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 April 2000 (USA)
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Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.



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Jake and Brian are friends. They are Jewish and Catholic respectively. They would grow up and become a rabbi and priest. Anna, whom they knew when they were younger, comes back to town a stunning woman. Jake is up to be the head of his synagogue but he is not married which doesn't make his appointment any easier. Jake finds himself attracted to Anna but because she's not Jewish, he can't marry her as it would make his appointment less likely. Brian also finds himself attracted to Anna, but the priesthood doesn't allow that. Their friendship is strained when each learns of the other's feelings for her. Written by

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If you have to believe in something, you might as well believe in love.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Divinas tentaciones  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,078,671 (USA) (14 April 2000)


ESP 292,473,005 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


While they are driving back from the airport, reminiscing about old school classmates, Brian says, "Remember Aaron Portnoy? He complained a lot." That's a reference to Philip Roth's novel, "Portnoy's Complaint." See more »


When Jake and Brian are inside the karaoke shop talking with the salesman we can see that the outside world constantly changes from night to day through the windows and door. See more »


Jacob: God was showing off when he made you.
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Crazy Credits

Thank-yous include one to "Salmita Bonita", a reference to actor-director 'Edward Norton''s girlfriend, actress Salma Hayek. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »


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Written and Performed by Peter Salett
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Edward Norton continues to impress
9 April 2000 | by (Rocky River, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Only this time Norton is not only in front of, but also behind, the camera.

Keeping the Faith is a funny, romantic and very smart romantic comedy. The three leads are charming and believable, the supporting cast is outstanding, the script is insightful and fresh, the technical credits are polished, the musical selections are energetic, and the tone is so consistently enjoyable that I have to say it's my favorite romantic comedy since Jerry Maguire.

Stiller proves again what a surprisingly strong romantic lead he is and carries the whole film, Norton is consistently one of the best actors working and here takes a role like no other he's played before, and Elfman is a real revelation: she's never been this beautiful, confident and intelligent before. She makes it very easy to see why both a priest and a rabbi would fall head over heels in love with her.

Keeping the Faith works in every way a romantic comedy should but works on an even higher level thanks to a refreshing incorporation of religion and spirituality. It is in no way heavy handed or dogmatic (or judgemental) in its approach to the subject matter, simply believable and interesting, it's a part of who these characters are.

If you like romantic comedies this is a must see, but anyone who can appreciate a solid story, strong characters and two hours of movie bliss will enjoy this film.

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